This guide is about providing the minimum amount of information to create a functional city. It does not include electricity, heating, water, etc.
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Guide to City Design
This guide is about providing the minimum amount of information to create a functional city.
It does not include electricity, heating, water, etc. These would be covered in a different guide if I feel like making one.
The Simple Way
The simple series provides a way to get through the basics of the game. It’s about providing a single easy way that works rather than the best way.
Some of the things suggested are not absolute rules that must be followed but rather exist to reduce the game’s complexity. They can be ignored later on depending on the person’s preferences or the circumstances of the game.
Build Service Buildings in Walking Distance
Build the service buildings in the middle of the city and surround them with residential buildings.
Residential buildings should be within walking distance of every service that they need. The walking distance is 300m-350m (depending on walking speed).
On the building details window there is a button which shows what buildings are within walking distance.
This is of course not the only way to design a city, it is just the “simple way”.
Not Every Building Requires Road Access
Residential buildings do not require road access. People walk faster over pedestrian paths and they take less space than roads, so it’s better to avoid roads entirely for residential buildings.
The following service buildings also do not require road access, just pedestrian path access.
- Indoor Pool
Required Service Buildings
You need at least one of each of these service buildings.
- Indoor Pool (tennis courts can be used too)
- Shopping Centre
- Fire Station
Churches are not required. You will get some complaints but they can be ignored.
Design Your City Around Public Transport, Not the Other Way Around
For example, build a large station bus and then build the rest of the city around it.
If you make a more decentralised city then this rule is even more important.