Questions tagged [cities-skylines]

Cities: Skylines (2015) is a city-building simulation game developed by Colossal Order and published by Paradox Interactive for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux. Use this tag for questions specifically related to Cities: Skylines, regardless of platform.

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How do I connect the initial highway to my six-lane road?

I noticed that I got some initial traffic problems at the point where the initial highway is connected to my city. At the beginning I simply elongated both roads that came from that highway, but this ...
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How to stop the death waves in my city?

I have started getting these death waves ever since I started playing, my population keeps on going from 100K to 20K and back and fourth, I was able to tolerate this for the first few time but now it ...
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What does the message “Too few services” mean?

My industry buildings are warning me that there are too few services. What does this mean?
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What are the consequences of not caring about traffic jams?

I have some main roads in my city which appear glowing red in the traffic view. When zooming into them I also see large numbers of cars and trucks lining up. However, so far I did not notice any ...
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My citizens are too smart

Specialized industries (forestry, mining, etc) require relatively uneducated workers. Unfortunately, I placed a strong emphasis on education in my city, and over half the population (including ...
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How can I fix pollution?

My city has developed a bit of a ground pollution and a water pollution problem. In other similar games, you can mitigate the effects of pollution by planting trees, among other things. What can I ...
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How do I convert or upgrade roads?

I'm trying to optimize my road system a bit, mostly converting regular small roads into one-way roads. But the only way I can see to do that is to remove the old road entirely and build a new one. I ...
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How to fix the “Not enough goods to sell” problem

I've created a dozen cities in Skylines so far, but in my latest city, I've encountered a new problem. A lot of my Commercial buildings report the problem "Not enough goods to sell". From my ...
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Does it matter where my Bus Depot is?

The building description for a Bus Depot says that it "...automatically sends out buses for your bus lines". From what I've seen though, once a bus arrives at a newly-created line, it will stay on it ...
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Do abandoned buildings sort themselves out eventually if you just leave them?

I seem to have a lot of abandoned buildings, I'm working on why but they still seem to be around. Do abandoned buildings sort themselves out eventually if you just leave them or do I have to demolish ...
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Why is everyone dead?

I have been playing cities skylines for a while now and every now and again my city goes through the 'plague', where pretty much the entire city falls sick (see image below). My water pollution is 0%...
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How can I defend against a tsunami?

A number of maps have a large flat plain near a coastal area, which is often among the best places on the map in terms of land value or resources to build, with the drawback of being susceptible to a ...
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Are pedestrian walkways purely cosmetic, or do they help encourage walking instead of driving?

Does creating a network of pedestrian walkways increase the number of citizens who choose to walk or take public transportation instead of drive?
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Why isn't my connections to the highway valid in Cities: Skylines?

I have just bought my first neighboring area and want to hook into it. I first tried with a large roundabout and then with a three-way intersection, but none of them works. I keep getting the "broken"...
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How great is the effect of trees on noise pollution?

I keep getting told that science tells us to use highway sound barriers and trees to reduce noise pollution. The effect that highway sound barriers has is quite immediately obvious but no matter how ...
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How do I transfer garbage from my full landfills to my incinerators?

Eventually every one of my landfills gets completely full and is constantly blinking at me warning me it's full. I've even built incinerators but they aren't taking the garbage from the landfills. The ...
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Why should I use a highway ramp?

So I noticed that I can basically connect any type of road to a highway, and this got me thinking. What advantages does using a highway ramp actually bring? Is it just that traffic can leave the ...
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How do you use districts efficiently?

I am pretty new to the game, and while I have understood most of the key concepts, I am not quite sure how to use districts properly to manage my city. I find the whole concept of setting and managing ...
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Increase RCI demand

In Cities: Skylines, how do I increase RCI demand? What factors affect it? In one of my cities, I've got a population of 100,000. It essentially consists of one giant grid-city in one area. Traffic ...
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When should I use 4- and 6-lane two-way roads?

I am having no luck with two-way roads. They seem to clog really easy, even with moderate traffic. This shows a ring of 6-lane two-ways around an industrial zone, the traffic is already queueing up: ...
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Are industry and office zones interchangable?

There's a small info-box in Cities: Skylines telling me about the needs for a particular zone type. The last one, orange-coloured, seems to correspond to industry type zones as well as office zones. ...
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Hydro Plant not allowing water flow through

In my city, I have a hydro plant that is sitting across a river quite near my city. This dam holds back all of the water and there is a significant drop in water level before and after. When I say ...
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Is there a more efficient method of planting trees?

Planting trees in Cities: Skylines is a bit of a nightmare. I keep planting all these trees but they're only planted one at a time. Is there an easier method of planting trees that doesn't involve ...
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Can Chirper messages be limited to only relevant messages?

The ingame Twitter parody Chirper is quite useful because it points out problems in the city. However, there are also numerous filler messages which appear to have no connection to the gameplay at all,...
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Why does my weekly income fluctuate wildly when no new services were added?

In Cities: Skylines, I notice that my income can fluctuate wildly over the course of a few weeks with no inputs from me. I'll be sitting at, say +4000, and a few short weeks later I'm at -2000. I ...
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How to make a turning lane without an intersection?

I want to create a turning lane, as showed in the picture below. I want it to be a turning lane for one direction, not an intersection. That means, I want it not to affect the other direction in any ...
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Rail traffic is backed up trying to leave my city. Is there anything I can do?

I've got a long line of trains trying to leave my city on one of the pre-made connections to the foggy lands. It's become a traffic problem within the city and I'm looking for a way to clear it up.
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Identify building assets in-game

I recently subscribed to a bunch of building assets through the Steam workshop to give my city a little more variety. A couple of the buildings don't look that great in my city, though, so I'd like to ...
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Cargo ships abandoned my city. How do I get them back?

I recently added a Cargo Harbor to my city. After a bit of time, I had a TON of traffic to and from it. Great! Then something happened. It I haven't seen a cargo ship in days (IRL). No more traffic. ...
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My industry is suddenly abandoning buildings due to a lack of workers

Rather suddenly my industrial district started to look like this, with a lot of buildings abandoned: If I check the buildings, the stated reason for abandoning is a lack of workers. I looked at the ...
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My highway is backing up. What can I do?

Initial note: Having read How do I design an efficient exit from a large one-way road?, the answers there do not help in this specific situation, as they rely on having lots space to spare - I have ...
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How to increase the bus density?

I've noticed that on some of my bus lines, there are not enough buses to deal with all passengers. What can I do to increase the throughput of a bus line? Add more stops? Remove stops? Replace long ...
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Roads with trees: any disadvantages?

What are the functional differences between roads with trees or grass and plain roads? I know that roads with trees reduce noise pollution. They also seem to make people living nearby happy—not sure ...
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How do I manually trigger a disaster?

I want to manually start a disaster in my city to see what happens and test my escape routes, how do I start a disaster on demand rather than just waiting for one to randomly happen?
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What is the use of canals?

I am fairly new to Cities Skylines and not a heavy gamer. I cannot figure out what functional role, if any, canals play. Are they purely aesthetic, or do they change how the game works in some way? ...
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Can a train cross this junction?

I am expanding my train network to have a go with trains and I've noticed that on occasion the game makes a junction without any track connections. Is this a visual glitch and trains will still use ...
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Parks in industrial areas?

In this new game are parks needed in industrial areas? do they make any benefit? Another question I have is about garbage and incinerators, when I place them in industrial areas, I see sad faces, ...
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Show the direction of one-way roads

In Cities: Skylines, how do I easily show the direction of one-way roads? When I'm building a city and I want to use one-way roads, it's hard to spot from a distance what direction a road is going, ...
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How fast does a person grow old, in in-game time?

I noticed that after a certain size, around 30k population, my city's population growth rate declines a little without expanding residential zones. I then briefly looked around the houses in my ...
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How to deal with sewage on a map with no water anywhere

Some downloadable maps for Cities Skylines start you in a land-locked square with no water, but a drain pipe is the only option I can find for getting rid of sewage. Is there a way to get rid of ...
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What are the requirements to upgrade office zones to the max level?

A lot of my office zones seems to be on the cusp of reaching the third level, but it would never reach it. I placed fire stations, police stations, parks, and just about anything I could think of that ...
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Day/Night Mode and the Budget?

I have Night mode turned off because I am simply not a fan of it getting dark so often. How does the sun and moon toggle in the budget work now? Does the moon (night) budget still act the same way ...
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How do I design an efficient exit from a large one-way road?

I decided to try out sandbox mode to be able to experiment a bit more. This meant that my first residential district was quite a bit larger than usual as I had access to high-density zones from the ...
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How to close broken bus line?

After a big reorganization and the complete demolishing of an industrial area, I ended up with a broken bus line with two loose ends. How can I connect the ends to close it? Usually these ends tie ...
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What is the effect of increasing the power budget vs building a new power plant?

Anyone know what the pros/cons of budget increasing vs new plant building is? If the budget can go up to 150%, shouldn't I just put it up there rather than building a new plant to cater for power ...
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What impact is there to bulldozing housing?

What penalties will I suffer if I upgrade a stretch of road and cause all the low density residential to be demolished? Will this create unhappiness, or will the houses just get re-built afterwards? ...
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Odd structures on new pieces of land

I just bought a new piece of land, hoping to get some new shoreline. But after I bought it and was looking around, I saw these odd structures. They look like mini canals with weird stone houses ...
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How to fix highway traffic slowdown on line change in Cities Skyline?

This is default cloverleaf intersection. It works fine till certain moment. Is there any way to improve it?
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How to lock an overlay?

While building things I want to see the overlays from other modes so I can make better decisions. Can I lock an overlay somehow? For example: When building roads I want to see the natural resources ...
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Why am I experiencing water shortages when I have adequate capacity?

Why is this happening? I have more than enough capacity, the area is clearly covered by pipes, and yet these buildings are being abandoned due to lack of water. This is only occurring after I ...