A paper street is a road or street that appears on maps but does not exist in reality. Paper streets generally occur when city planners or subdivision developers lay out and dedicate streets that are never built. Commercial street maps based only on official subdivision and land records may show these streets, which are legally public rights of way though usually undriveable.
- Sanderson, Paul G.,"Paper Streets: The Gap Between Dedication and Acceptance"[dead link], New Hampshire local government center, United States, 04-2007. Retrieved 10-13-2008.