SimCity 3000 Hints & Tips

What is the best layout?

Written By: Rand Huck
Friday, May 19, 2000

I've seen several techniques to getting the most from your parks. There is the 9x9 method, the 16x16 method, and many more. I did a few experiments with them to see what gives you the best deal. Before I get the the experiment, I will tell you the setup.

First I put in the water pumps, because that does effect the landvalue, and you will most likely use them for the method. I did not power the zone, because power does not effect landvalue, but only development. I made the zones as isolated as possible. They were not near any trees, or even slopes, which could make a slightly inacurate measurement. I then waited 6 months for it to update itself and queried the land:

The landvalue was mostly medium. At some of the outer edges it was low. You can, though, put some parks on the outer edges of the zone to boost it up, but when isolated, it didn't give me what I wanted.

Now to the 9x9:

This method gave me the same results. Again, the outside enviroment will influence the landvalues more, but alone, it only gives you a medium landvalue.

Finally, I give you the 6x7. This one involves no parks.

Again, this one gives you only a medium land value rating. I think this does have something to do with the city center effect, however, as with the other ones, but the bottom line is, any method will do, and I'd say if you want 4x4 buildings, go with the 16x16. That one is the most promising, and it does look kind of neat, too.

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