Posted Mon, Mar 11, 2013 by Xerin
When you first start a region you kind of have almost nothing, nothing unlocked, no money to trade around, nothing. Start small, throw down some roads, then zone in residential, a little bit of commercial, then industry. You can just have a few rows of straight roads, really. No infrastructure at all. It works best if in another city, you throw down police, power, water, sewage, fire, and clinics, then send all available extras to the other city (so that you can just buy everything from the other city).
Then wait until you’re at $3,500 to $5,000 an hour and let the game just sit. Money is a lot easier to get before you start biggering, because you’ll run into the obstacle of always needing to spend whatever extra income you get on advancement or else your town will burn down, everyone is going to get sick, or a crime wave will start.
I’m not sure if it’s bugged or not, but Vu Tower sends out crime waves and these crime waves will flood other cities in the region if not dealt with. Do everyone a favor; skip out on Vu Tower unless you’re ready to dedicate the police forces necessary to prevent the crime waves it sends out.
If there is a Vu Tower in your region bothering you, max out a police precinct and send all available officers to that region. I hear that helps a ton in preventing crime.
Later on in the game, taxation won’t be enough to pay for schools and neat things, so be sure to build an industry!
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