theres a lot of residential there, sure you got enough industry for the people to actually work at?
hmm I'm not sure. I haven't seen any no job signs and when I do it's because of commute time. Do residents mind living next to high tech industry? Maybe I should zone some of that into a more central location.
I just started a neighbouring city this morning and I've linked them up. I'm developing that in a similar way to the one above though (all 3 zones as required).
The second city does seem to be developing much quicker, I guess that's to do with having fairly big cities either side (mine and the big city tutorial).
I think the best city layout to use is rings, except they'll be rectangle shape. Put some R in centre, C next ring, I next ring, R next, C next, I next etc. The reason you use that order is so your R has to pass through C to get to work, and C loves high traffic. And with the ring system your residents are never far away from C or I so low commute times.
Another way is to use the classic 9x9 square setup for your zones, and you place a large park in the centre for land value. Or a large plaza for commercial. You could even combine the 9x9 with the ring system I described. Next time I start a new city I want to try it.
I'm gonna try that ^^ it sounds like a really good idea.
Only problem with it is there is usually very low demand for commercial when you start new cities, unless you have some good neighbours set up.
What population level should i wait to get to until i raise tax for the cheap industries so i can get nice HI tech ones. Theres a high demand but my population is a tiny 17k. should i wait till like 100k population and then raise taxes on dirty industries?
Start by building some high tech industry well away from the dirty, and gradually increase tax on dirty and demolish sections of the dirty. Manufacturing is usually okay. The process can be expensive, so make sure you have a steady income. When your income is nice is the best time to start.