Rome wasn’t built in a day, and in SimCity, no city is built overnight. Instead, cities go through different stages of development, starting out as quaint small towns, and growing into sprawling urban centers packed with skyscrapers. In this section we take a look at the multi-stage development and specialization of a High Tech City. As Mayor, it’s your decision to choose how your city develops. Will you emphasize education and high tech? Or will your rely on natural resources and city specialization to develop an industrial juggernaut?

Berkeley: High Tech City

Berkeley is located on a relatively flat piece of land, making it easy to develop. However, other than wind and water, the city has no significant natural resources such as raw ore, coal, or crude oil. This city grows utilizing a balanced RCI approach, relying largely on tax revenue to pay for utilities and city services. Emphasizing education, the city builds a Community College, allowing for the growth of clean (tech level 2) industry, supplying the city with jobs. Later, the addition of a University spurs the growth of high tech (tech level 3) industry, offering even more jobs. With the increased tax revenue from more prosperous residential and commercial zones, advanced city services like the Hospital, Large Fire Station, and Police Precinct can be funded. By the final stage, the city can extend its fire, health, and police services to the neighboring city of Pittsburgh. In return, Pittsburgh supplies Berkeley with power.

Check out the first two of four High Tech City stages from the official Prima Game Guide for SimCity.

Want more? See the Pittsburgh: Coal City stage diagrams here.

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