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

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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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Does the water table replenish?

Does the water table replenish? I keep running out of water. I'm looking for a sustainable city, but I keep running out of water.
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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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Can you play Simcity offline?

I know EA has come out and said that Simcity will have features that ultimately requiring that you must have an internet connection all the time while playing. I know the game is less than a few days ...
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What is a good road layout when starting up a city?

First things first: I know it depends on the resources etc how exactly you start out. Whenever you start out with a new city, you need to make sure you don't run into traffic problems later. Best for ...
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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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Is there a way to fix air pollution in simcity?

I've noticed that wind direction changes in the game and now my town is directly downwind from my industrial area, causing pollution and zombie attacks. Is there a way to get rid of the pollution? I'm ...
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Is there any way to skip the tutorial city in SimCity?

You're stuck playing through the tutorial city whenever switching regions. Quitting the tutorial city doesn't skip it, and I'm not seeing anything else. Have any tricks up your sleeve? Edit: ...
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How can I prevent gridlocks?

My city is in peril; I have all of the required buildings to make it all work, enough power and water, enough happiness to keep going and everything that a sim would ever need. However, due to the ...
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How can I increase the density of residential zones?

I've been playing the newly release SimCity 2013 for about a day but I'm really struggling with increasing my population with completely covering almost every inch of the map. While income is not a ...
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How long does it take for a simolean gift to arrive?

I'm playing two cities in a private region. One is doing well. The other, well, not so much... In an attempt to restore some balance, I decided to send 30k to the less fortunate city via the ...
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How can I fix ground pollution?

In my city I am developing a bit of a ground pollution problem, this hasn't quite yet reached my water supply but it's getting close and already some of the nearby residential zones have started ...
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Is there any way to get rid of the Homeless?

I have a functioning Mining/Electronics city with about 100,000 people in it. Looking at my job window I have 0 unemployed. Under 500 Unfilled jobs over all 3 wealth classes. I assume the homeless ...
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How to change interface language of SimCity?

Apparently, there is no easy way to change the interface language of SimCity. I had installed it via Origin on Windows 7 system. OS interface is in English, but locale is different, therefore, Origin ...
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Do Sims like a view?

In SimCity, if you were to zone for residential properties near what would be a scenic view - like a seafront or near cliffs overlooking the city or rivers for example, would the value of these ...
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How much data does SimCity transfer?

I live in an area without cable or DSL, so my home Internet connection is a Verizon LTE modem on a limited data plan. I'd like to get the new SimCity, but I'm concerned about how much data is ...
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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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Can I play SimCity on two computers at the same time?

I'm not familiar with Origin's DRM (or the one that will be used on the next SimCity), but if I got the game, would I and my girlfriend be able to play it at the same time, each on their own computer ...
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Are multiple cities required from the get go?

So the new SimCity is out and has a good focus on interdependent cities. My question is can I work on a single city or do I have to manage multiple cities (which also covers just getting other people ...
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How do I send resources to a “Great Work”?

I have started building the Arcology project, and I'm producing metal and alloy myself. Normally I export these products to earn money, but does anyone know if I have to set the trade settings to "Use ...
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How do you provide more workers to your city?

As you can see on the screenshot, most of my city consists of residential zones by now, but my jobs are constantly climbing. How do I solve this situation?
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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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What are the most effective ways to increase land value?

I've seen land value increases with the placement of Hospitals and Fire Houses, I assume parks do the same thing (though it seems like a much smaller increase). What are some effective ways I can get ...
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How to make concentric circle roads?

I can make a circle road. I use the shift key to make it an equal roundness. My problem is trying to make another road outside or within that circle. It is rarely anywhere near going inside or ...
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Does the capacity of the road influence how many agents can travel down it simultaneously?

In SimCity each entity in the game world is called an 'agent', and each agent travels down roads seeking out other entities that require an agent of that particular type. An agent can be anything from ...
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Do I have to monitor the junk that fills in empty space?

When there's not enough room in a zoned area to put up a building, it gets filled with a random piece of "junk" instead. This is most obvious in industrial zones because they tend to have larger space ...
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What is the full list of regions, cities, and their resources?

It would be handy to have a web-based list of 'em, when coordinating regions with friends. What else would you do when you're waiting in queue? :P
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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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Is it possible to relocate a building expansion after it has been placed?

One of the new features to the game is that you can expand certain buildings adding to its value. You can add more classrooms to a school, add additional generators to a power plant, etc. I'm ...
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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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Is it possible to fill abandoned buildings in SimCity?

In a new SimCity, sometimes buildings get abandoned, and I wonder if I should destroy and rebuild them, or there is a way to naturally fill them back up. I understand when the building is abandoned ...
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Can I use a PC license to play the Mac version?

If I buy SimCity for PC, released this week, will I need to buy it again when the Mac version comes out or does the PC license entitle me to the Mac version? The SimCity Mac FAQ has recently changed ...
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Are there any benefits for placing a sign on your building?

I see that on some buildings your can place a sign on the roof, or a flag in front of it. Does this serve some kind of purpose or is this just for looks?
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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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How can I limit zone density?

Most of the time I'm aiming for big, high-density RCI zones but sometimes I want to build smaller areas that can't blossom into huge pollution spewing factories. Can I limit the density with clever ...
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Does building the Arcology great work affect residential demand in individual cities?

The description for the Arcology great work reads as follows: Building this towering pinnacle of human architecture requires skilled workers and resources. This dense ecosystem contains everything ...
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How can I upgrade my Police Station to a Precinct without releasing all the criminals in jail?

Moving from a Fire Station to a Large Fire Station (i.e. closing the small one, building the large one, and deleting the small one once the large one is fully operational) is relatively painless. ...
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Does a great work bring benefits to the entire region or just to the 4 cities which built it?

In a big region of 16 cities there are 4 great works to build but not every city can built them, just the four which surround them. Will the Great work bring benefits to the entire region or only to ...
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Should I keep some trees?

Maps are naturally populated with trees in a new city location, but I haven't yet found a way to add trees back to the location without placing parks and other "buildings". Should I do my best to ...
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How does the Space Center work?

What's the cost to construct and operate the Space Center? What are the benefits and how do they work? How does it increase the "tech level" of nearby buildings? The information across the web is ...
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How do I make more skilled workers?

My industries are complaining about not enough skilled workers but my grade schools, high schools and community colleges aren't maxed out on students?
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Real world time in a SimCity day on various speeds

Does anyone have the figures for amount of real world time it takes to pass a single day in SimCity on the three speed settings?
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How can I lower germ levels?

The people of my city keep complaining the area is too germy but I have absolutely 0 idea on how to fix this. I haven't made my city too large, everything's pretty small and I have a clinic open with ...
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How do I increase the tech level of my industry?

I'd like my city to specialize in electronics, starting with the processor factory. One of the requirements of the processor factory is that I have to have 5 medium-tech industrial buildings in my ...
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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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How do I increase the capacity of my university?

I am stuck with an absolute maximum of 1800 students that I can force in my university, but I need 2000 to get the desired upgrade. The problem is that the capacity of the university is only 1300 ...
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What type of resources should I consider for an initial city?

Each city location within a selected region has multiple attributes that dictate the resources that city will have to manipulate. These are things like coal, oil, water and wind. Is there a resource ...
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What are the effects of upgrading the Mayor's Mansion?

I have plopped the Mayor's Mansion, and for every 4 or 5 hours of in-game time that I maintain an approval rating of 75% or higher, I am prompted to upgrade it. Since it is free to do so, I oblige. ...
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Does every garage represents one school bus or two?

When I click on an elementary school building, it shows me that I have two school busses. On the map, however, there is only one, in the covered parking spot. Does that mean that both busses are ...
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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 ...