I have been mapping since 15 February, 2018, and my first decent city (Vertbourne) is somewhere south of Cableton in Cote Franquesse, Commonia. I want to expand it to a larger size. Does anyone have any tips on how to make it both realistic and decently sized?
Comment from chazeltine on 7 March 2018 at 16:32
Your Quail neighborhood is a good start; I suggest you keep expanding it. Maybe a creek running through the woods would also add more character to your city.
In general, I’d say keep doing what you’re doing. Your city will grow as your neighborhoods grow, and your neighborhoods grow as you add more streets. Also, I like your thoughtfulness on the services you’re providing already. If you keep adding new housing and a variety of new services as you expand (gas, coffee shops, banks, parks, etc.), I think you’ll be just fine.
Cities tend to grow block by block and neighborhood by neighborhood; if you need inspiration and help with scaling, if often helps to study and model a neighborhood you like. For instance, neighborhoods have several residential streets within them, and often have hundreds of residential units within as well. Each neighborhood or cluster of neighborhoods might be served by an elementary school, and a small city might be served by a high school. Neighborhoods also often have main roads running either through them or along their edges. As more people live in your city, you may eventually need to upgrade your roads.
If you need city to study, I recommend Gobras City in Gobrassanya. It has a good mix of neighborhoods in various stages of development to look at such as the Broad Meadows and Prado Plains neighborhoods here and the Soran and Live Oak neighborhoods here. If you also search the wiki, you can find a lot of other useful guides on mapping your city. Happy mapping!
Comment from Alsatian on 7 March 2018 at 19:52
Okay, first, I’d like to point out that it isn’t really a city, no offense. Unless under circumstances like the fact that it may have stagnated in growth for hundreds of years (cities in Wales, for example), it is very unlikely that it would be given city status.
But - it looks really good, to start off with. I can imagine a large town or small city being built around this, and there are an awful lot of services.
I’d just make more neighbourhoods and housing estates, for now. Maybe even build it as if it was in the location it was, and accommodate the surroundings within it.
(Much better than anything I was and am doing!)
Comment from CaboAzul on 7 March 2018 at 20:35
When I say “city” I just mean town.
Comment from CaboAzul on 7 March 2018 at 20:37
Thank you both for the great tips. I think Vertbourne will become a great town.