I built the enclosed city after reading the two-part series on Simcity 2000
written by Robert L. Hayes, Jr. and published in the April and May 1994
issues of Computer Gaming World. I highly recommend these articles to
anyone interested in this game. I've written this file to explain the
strategies I employed in building this city. I hope that you find it
interesting or useful. Please send any comments or questions to me,
Anant Chandra, at Compuserve account 71052, 1323.
4x4 Blocks - In the second part of the series, the author recommends
building a city using a 4x4 block. In one of these blocks, one can build a
3x3 building, three 1x1 buildings and four blocks of park or trees.
For example, I built many blocks with a 3x3 building one one corner, three
1x1 commercial buildings on the opposite corner and four open blocks on the
remaining two corners. As Mr. Hayes pointed out in his article, you can
dramatically reduce the amount of traffic generated by mixing the zone types
within these 4x4 blocks. I then built four of the 4x4 blocks so that the 3x3
buildings would be on opposite corners of an intersection. The resulting 2x2
squares formed the pattern for the entire city. (To see the pattern best,
view the city in map mode with zones selected.)
Parks vs. trees - The presence of parkland in the unoccupied squares of the
4x4 blocks helps to increase the land value of the buildings, again as
pointed out by Mr. Hayes. However, I like to see lots of trees, so I start
my cities by painting trees very densely everywhere and then leaving trees
on every open square. I don't know if I would do better by planting
parks everywhere, instead.
Power plants - As many people have noted, hydroelectric power is generally
the most cost-effective solution. Some have suggested that the most
efficient approach is to raise one tile up one level and then build
waterfalls on all the slopes. Therefore, in a 3x3 block, one can get eight
hydroelectric plants going, which will produce 160 MW in nine squares.
I found that in one of the 2x2 squares described above (which are 9x9
blocks), one can build nine of these 3x3 squares of hydroelectric
power, which will produce 1,440 MW of power or 17.77 MW/square.
Water works - I used a similar approach to develop a water supply. I placed
a pond in the middle of a 3x3 block and surrounded it with water pumps.
I also built nine of these 3x3 water plants in one of the basic 2x2 squares.
The space needed for water production is minimized, but every water pump
is adjacent to a water square. I placed both the power plants and the
waterworks in between the industrial and the residential zones of the city.
Since they aren't populated, they served as poll