Amenities and Residential Development. What Goes Missing When Planning?

Amenities and urban development. Simple right? Anything but! So how does a City simulator offer some tips? This crossover post with Ben’s Cities offers a cursory glance at amenities and residential developments.

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A question often asked

A question often asked in the real world as well as Cities Skylines: How to upscale your residential area – that is how to trigger intensification or how to get a new residential area started.

This is a crossover post with my Talking Southern Auckland blog on amenities and residential areas. Amenities or rather facilities, services, conveniences, comforts  and creature comforts are things we all need but things we often forget about when it comes to residential planning. Specifically when a residential area has been upzoned for intensification or a new residential laid down (Greenfield) what encourages their developments.

The question above gets asked in the Cities Skylines forums as players struggle to achieve their aim of a new residential area or an existing residential area upgrading to a more intense and more wealthy one. That struggle can apply to a real life City as well.

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Layton City: A Personalised Walk Through

While we await for the Unitary Plan recommendations due out publicly next Wednesday my hone some of my more personal level attention to Layton City.

While I have stated in the past I enjoy the big picture, the macro level jigsaw puzzle I do come down to the personal level regularly to explore the City at a citizen level.

How does the city feel and move at the personal level and how our the citizens feeling at the same time.

Also while the big picture is enjoyable, the personal level with the diverse detail is just as enjoyable.

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From the citizens’s point of view

If you have the Free Camera mods for Cities Skylines you are able to drop down to citizen level and either walk around from the view-point of a person or follow any vehicle whether on land, sea or in the air. The great thing about this is along with the Screenshots button (F12) you get to see your city down at a personalised level. At the same time if you click on individual citizens or tourists they tell you their happiness and where they are going. This can allow fine tuning while enjoying the City as a person would see it rather than how most see it at 40,000ft.

Below is some citizen level and follow the bus shots going around Layton City. For full resolution right-click the individual picture slide and open in a new tab.

For the start of the mass transit…

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