SimCity is the city-planning and urban development simulator developed by Maxis and EA, released in March 2013.

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What are the working hours of Recycling Centre?

I have two recycling centres with maximum number of modifications and they are constantly congested - their storage of recycled garbage is constantly full or almost full (18-20/20 tons). As a ...
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What type of buildings offer what level of jobs?

There are three tiers of workers (as is everything else); tier 1, 2 and 3. What I am having a hard time with is figuring out what I can build to target workers from each of the tiers. I gather what I ...
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Will a grade school and high school steal students from my university?

This question is related to this other question: Once you build a University, can the high school and community college be safely closed? I find that my University is routinely under-used, while I ...
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How does public transportation work in SimCIty?

I'm wondering if someone could shed some light and advice on how to manage public transport and traffic in general in SimCity. I always end up with traffic chaos even though I try to have bus stops ...
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Is my regional highway ramp supposed to use power?

Context: After bulldozing my entire city to start fresh with the money saved up, I found that my budget was running at -240 pr hour because of power cost to the highway ramp (to region). Question: Is ...
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What are the cheats in simcity?

When enabling sandbox mode in Simcity it says it enables cheats. What are these cheats and how do you use them?
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What does it mean when residential demand is halfway faded?

Just noticed that the green bars showing residential demand is actually partially faded out. The whole bar is filled, but a portion of the top is maybe 50% lighter than the rest. My industrial demand ...
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What effect does completely destroying your city have?

Say you have gotten a city started and you hate it. You have enough money to start a new one, all bonds free, etc. What effects would it have if I completely flattened everything? Utilities, ...
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Why are my sims complaining about too many injuries?

I only have 1500 population now. I'm trying to reach high density first and give them everything they need, but they are telling me that "There are too many injuries". I have a clinic which is never ...
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How much power does the Solar Great Works provide?

As the title states I would like to know exactly what I can expect to receive from finishing the Solar Great Works in Simcity. How much power can it provide to the surrounding regions and what is the ...
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Are some things (RCI demand, commuters, unlocks, etc.) shared only by “cluster” instead of region?

The new SimCity allows cities to share benefits such as RCI demand, commuters, unlocks, and utility and safety services. What is not clear is whether certain things are always shared region-wide, or ...
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Can vehicles be instructed to drive on the left side of the road rather than the right?

Does Simcity take into account different regions driving on different sides of the road? i.e. I live in a country where we drive on the left. This means that all my city-planning skills will default ...
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What effects do city specializations have on buildings in your city?

According to http://www.simcity.com/en_US/game/info/city-specialization, city specializations will influence the look of buildings in your city. For example, it says "Plop a university and residences ...
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What do when you run out of water? [duplicate]

In SimCity, it is possible to run out of water after you have pumped from an area for a long time. What options do you have to remedy this? Is the only hope buying water from other cities in the ...
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What is the ideal “block” size in SimCity?

In SimCity 5, what is the best 'block' size to use (meaning, how much space between roads)? How big does a block need to be to accommodate the best buildings while minimizing waste & traffic?
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How do regions handle the division of excess utility capacities?

I have two cities in a region. The old one has plenty of water, electricity and sewage treatment resources to spare. The second city I want to specialize, and not use up precious room for these ...
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How can I increase the amount of tourists arriving from the Ferry Terminal?

I've put a Ferry Terminal (with Cruise Ship Dock) and a casino right next to it. Sadly, there seems to be very few tourists arriving through the ferry. Is there any way to increase the amount? The Bus ...
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How do I filter out regions that are full? [duplicate]

Does anyone know if it is possible to filter out regions that are full when looking for a region to join? I have looked on the North American servers and I am having trouble finding a region that is ...
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How to add more trains?

I nearly always see a complaint bubble at my passenger train station complaining of a need to add more trains to the schedule. Unfortunately I can't see anything to do with adding more trains to the ...
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What does it mean when a resident says “At least there's shopping around here”?

I have a few medium residential buildings that are unhappy. What makes me happy: "At least there's shopping around here". What makes me unhappy: Nothing listed. Has anyone determined what this ...
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How do I properly provide places to ship freight?

I have several industries complaining now. We need somewhere to ship our freight Need to ship, going out of business I have built a Trade Depot and added several Freight Shipping Warehouses. Some ...
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Does Water mean my city has a finite lifespan? [duplicate]

In the new Sim City recently made available, the amount of water available to a city is finite. The same is true of it's neighbours; limiting what can be bought in -- and if playing with other people ...
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How do I delete a city to restart from zero? [duplicate]

The question is pretty simple, but I can't find the answer. I made a terrible city and now I'm looking for a way to restart my city (delete and start from scratch) without leaving my region as my ...
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How can I purchase resources from other cities? [duplicate]

Purchasing resources from other cities in the region seems to be key in the most recent SimCity. Obviously, my first city had to be self-sufficient, but then when I built my second city, I was able ...
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Can't buy power from neighboring city

I have two cities in a region. One is out of power and all my services have shutdown, and the other city has a coal power plant with a ton of extra power. I purchased buy from city A to city B, but ...
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Is it possible to name streets or neighbourhoods?

In SimCity 4, I loved personalising my city by naming streets, building and neighbourhoods. Is this feature present in 2013 incarnation of SimCity?
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I cannot place an Oil Well despite having met all the prereqs?

Despite having met all the prereqs (as far as I'm aware) I cannot place the Oil Well in this space. Clicking doesn't show an error, it just doesn't build the Oil Well. Any ideas?
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How long does radiation contamination take to clean up?

Due to poorly educated workers at my nuclear power plant, I was told that a meltdown was imminent at my power plant. Considering how densely packed my city is, I didn't fancy having a meltdown and ...
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What is the difference between goods and freight?

Both of these resources are generated by industrial buildings, what is the difference between them? How can I control what my industrial zones will focus on?
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What will travel across regional connections?

For each of the regional connection types (road, rail, water, air): What services can be shared? What resources can be traded/consumed? What types of sims will travel, and what causes them to want ...
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Where can i find the Expenses Data Map

When my city ran out of money the game switched the view to a data map of where my budget was going to geographically. I can't find how to toggle that view manually, outside of running out of money. ...
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How do I solve the “Shopper Unsatisfied” and “We need money” problems?

I have been trying to solve this "Shopper Unsatisfied" and "We need money" problem, but for some reason I can't fix it. How can I handle this problem?
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Joining a game with an empty slot

I would like to join a game, but each slot I click on, I see every city has a major. I was getting tired clicking in and seeing all were taken. It was not helped by seeing the blue default avatar that ...
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How can I reduce congestion on the highway coming into the city?

I am having issues with large amounts of traffic being backed up coming into my city. I already have 2 Bus Terminals running 13,000-15,000 Sims per day fully capped out on buses with a wait time of ...
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How can I get workers to commute from other cities?

This city is 80-90% industry but it is having problems getting workers. My goal is to fill those workers from the previous city that has about 100k since there is no commercial or industry in that ...
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How do we share our city upgrades to the region?

We have started a region and had plans to build specific City Hall modules in our respective cities, so that the benefits would share between our cities. The same goes for things like Fire Trucks and ...
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Can't drop an airport

I'm unable to drop an airport in my city. It's my first time trying to create one, but it's always red. When I move it to an open area it says must plop on snap point!. What does that mean?
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What do the City Border colors signify?

In a region I can see each city has a border outline, some are green, yellow, blue, black and my own is white. What are these colors for? Is there a master-list somewhere? The Manual doesn't list ...
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Can you un-cancel a mission in SimCity?

I was following along doing the mission for Mr. Maxis and accidentally clicked on the X to cancel his mission. Is there anything I can do to get this mission (and presumably this chain of missions) ...
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How can I get a Refining Division?

Since there is a large amount of oil deposits in my city, I chose to go into oil specialization.. I've plopped several oil wells and I make a fair amount of profit selling crude oil on the global ...
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How do you unclaim a city in SimCity?

I built a city that used all the bonds, is in debt and can't make any money to start the game and no city hall. How do I unclaim the city to restart or get out of this situation?
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Once you build a University, can the high school and community college be safely closed?

Last night I needed to save some cash in my large, self-sustaining, city after building a brand new University. Looking through the options of what to turn off, I decided to turn off my high school ...
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Is there a view that shows road density?

I am upgrading my roads and find it difficult to tell whether a road is low/med or high density. Using the upgrade road tool I click on roads in the area I am upgrading until I feel I have upgraded ...
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Is there any downside to disabling a specialization HQ?

If I've already unlocked the upgrades provided by an HQ, is there any reason to keep it on? Can I just shut it off and save on the maintenance and utilities it requires?
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How do I access the global market in SimCity?

I'm unable to find any real documentation if this feature is even released yet as part of SimCity 2013. Is there a way to access the global market within SimCity World? Apart from just selling ...
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How to skip tutorial? [duplicate]

If you are like me, and having to switch to different servers so that you can play, then you're stuck having to watch the tutorial all the time. How do you skip the tutorial?
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How to use the railroad?

I have a railroad running through my city area, and I've connected a few roads to it but that's about all I've done. I don't see a train station or other builds to create that will take advantage of ...
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What are the resources that can be bought and sold on the global market, and how are the resources produced/consumed?

What are the resources that can be bought and sold on the global market, and how are the resources produced/consumed? In other words, for each resource, how does it enter the "sim world", and what ...
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When switching servers, do I lose my existing cities?

I know that the regions and cities I play on are bound to the server I play on. So when I switch to another server, I basically have to start over there. However, if I switch back to the old server ...
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Is the HazMat Truck the only way to put out HazMat Fires?

I just had one break out, and the requirements for the HazMat garage are enormously expensive. Is this the only way to quench those special flames?