paper road
n. An undeveloped road that exists only on subdivision blueprints or urban planning maps.

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"Driven by soaring land values, developers and property owners are rushing to develop lots that until recently were ignored because they are too rocky, too wet, too small. Many were on 'paper roads' left over from unfinished subdivisions."
—Kerry Drohan, "Developers Line Up to Adopt 'Orphan' House Lots," The Boston Globe, January 16, 2000

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