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Progress Halts for No Man

For the first time in eons, NYC is rewriting its building codes. The changes are, in a word, dramatic: "New kitchens will be required to have special electrical outlets to prevent electrocution, under a provision already passed into law. The way underground plumbing is laid out for new buildings may change, and even some urinals may look different."
· After 100 Years, a New Rule Book for New York [NYTimes via Janelle]