Districts

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District use example

Districts allow the player to subdivide their city by designating specific areas of the map, allowing for more precise administration. These areas can then be used for the following purposes:

  • Allows the player to name a specific area
  • Allows the player to apply district styles to a specific area
  • Allows the player to apply policies to a specific area
  • Allows the player to apply specializations (Industrial, Commercial, Office, Residential) to a specific area
  • Allows the player to see information about a specific area

Without any of these things applied, aside from the district name appearing, a District has no effect on the city. Information about that area is still available.

Creating districts[edit | edit source]

To create a district, click the Districts and Areas button located to the right of the zoning button. There, the player has 3 choices of brush size, and by using the "Paint District" brush, one simply has to draw the district over the area they wish to cover while holding the left mouse button. The brush auto-snaps to roads and intersections, meaning that drawing individual blocks is relatively easy.

To remove what has been drawn, simply hold the right mouse button and draw to erase, or use the "Erase District" brush with the left mouse button.

To expand the size of a district that has already been drawn, hover the brush inside the district until it is highlighted, then click and begin drawing. Districts cannot overlap, and drawing a new district into another already existing district will transfer the area from the previous district to the one being drawn.

The brushes for creating or erasing Park Areas, Industry Areas, Campus Areas, Airport Areas, and Pedestrian Areas are also located here, but are not used for districts. Since they are not districts, they may overlap actual districts without interference.

See Districts and Areas for more detailed information on creating a District or an Area.

Naming districts[edit | edit source]

On creation, a district will be given an automatically generated name. To rename a district, click on the name of the district, click on the text box of the Info Box that opens, type in the desired district name and press ↵ Enter.

District Styles[edit | edit source]

Main article: District styles
District style selection example
Style DLC Has Residential Buildings? Has Commercial Buildings? Has Industrial Buildings? Has Office Buildings?
European - High Density only High Density only Yes Yes
European Suburbia DLC icon european suburbia.png Low Density only No No No
Heart of Korea DLC icon heart of korea.png Low Density only High Density only No No
Mid-Century Modern DLC icon mid-century modern.png Low Density only Unknown No No
Modern City Center DLC icon modern city center.png No High Density only No No

District policies[edit | edit source]

Districts can be subjected to a specific set of policies, different from the city as a whole.

Once a district has been made, specific policies can be assigned to it by clicking on the name of the district and clicking the "policies" button on the Info Box. This will open the Policies UI to the right of the screen. The options will be mostly identical to the city-wide policy options, however these policies will apply only to the district.

District specialization[edit | edit source]

Basics[edit | edit source]

Once a district has been drawn, it can be specialized. This is done by selecting the appropriate specialization from the "Districts and Areas" menu at the bottom of the screen and clicking on the district. You can remove specializations using the last tool in each category ("Generic Industry", "No Commercial Specialization", "No Office Specialization", "No Residential Specialization".). Select the tool and click on the District that you want to remove the specialization from. Any existing specialized buildings will disappear, and depending on demand, regrow as non-specialized. Changing specializations will also cause existing specialized buildings to disappear and be rebuilt as the new specialization if there is sufficient demand.

A district may have more than one specialization, as long as they are from different categories. Specializations in the same category are mutually exclusive. (Example: One district cannot have both Forestry and Farming at the same time, but Farming and Tourism would be allowed.)

There are advantages and disadvantages to each specialization.

Industrial specialization[edit | edit source]

Main article: Industrial specialization

Commercial specialization[edit | edit source]

Main article: Commercial specialization

Office specialization[edit | edit source]

Main article: Office specialization

Residential specialization[edit | edit source]

Main article: Residential specialization

District Information[edit | edit source]

Clicking on the District name will open the District Info Box. Information about land value within the zone, population and age groups, levels of zoned buildings and weekly tourist visits are all presented here. Options for policies, District styles and Traffic Routes are also located here.