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Paper Trails

Every building in New York begins with an index card of information and a paper offering plan that can run up to 900 pages long. As such, the Real Estate Finance Bureau, which approves offering plans, "is literally drowning in paper." The FiDi office has to ship records upstate to make room—warehouses hold some 18,389 cubic feet of papers—but hopefully an e-filing system will soon take over. But city employees have been writing down building intel by hand for decades, so to say there is a bit of trepidation is an understatement. [NYT]