This is my first update on the progress I've made in the Challenge.
Northport, Slummy & Polluted, 21,067 residents
I began with Northport and for being a starter city the population exploded. I wanted this city to be able to take the trash of it's neighbors so I gave it a waist to energy plant. I was surprised, the pollution from the plant hardly had an impact on the surrounding area. The city is heavily polluted and full of low wealth residential but I expected that adding the energy plant would have worsened the conditions. I've got lightning in the clouds of smog that swirl around the city.
East Northport, Mostly Med- High Wealth, 8,494 residents
I wanted East Northport to be much more environmentally friendly, unfortunately I couldn't get a good populaton going here. This city is about 96% unpolluted.
Now I've moved to Rockland. I wanted lots of space for this city so I tried a strategy I've never done before, it seems to have worked quite well. First I made a long street along the Western boarder and lined it with medium dencity residential. I gave them a clinic and fire department and half the leighnth of the street of high dencity commercial. Soon I was making a 300 similone profit each month, and I used it to counter my landscaping spending. The only problem is, for this to be effective the simulation speed has to be on High thus causing the time to fly by. I'm almost done re-landscaping at year 102 and my funds are at 488,151 similones. The population is just an insagnificant 1,749 with a nearly balanced 1,057 job oppertunities. I think I may use this process on other cities that need a lot of landscaping.
This concludes my Update.