Commercial specialization

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Commercial zones can be specialized into three types in addition to their generic type. The specializations are "Tourism", "Leisure" and "Organic and Local Produce". These were added via DLCs, and are not available without them. To specialize an area, draw a district over the area to be affected and apply the desired specialization.

Generic[edit | edit source]

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No specialization is the default, and results in standard generic commercial buildings. Existing specializations can be removed with the "No Commercial Specialization" button in the specialization menu, or by right clicking a specialized district with a specialization tool. This will result in existing buildings disappearing, and then regrowing as generic commercial if there is sufficient demand. Generic commercial buildings are affected by low and high density zoning.

Tourism[edit | edit source]

Example of buildings in a "Tourism" specialized commercial zone. Souvenir shop, cafe and several hotels.
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The "Tourism Specialization" dedicates commercial zones to serve the tourists by providing hotel accommodations, restaurants and other activities. It attracts tourists, but also increases noise pollution.

The "Tourism" specialization becomes available at the "Busy Town" milestone.

The buildings in this specialization produce more tax income than generic commercial zone, have higher crime rates, and are most active during the day.[1]

The buildings that grow in this specialization are not able to level up; they have only a single level. They only grow as high density regardless of the underlying commercial zoning density, though they will be a mix of skyscrapers and small buildings. In terms of jobs generated, a tourism zone is equal to a level 2 high density commercial zone.

For Tourism information not directly related to the commercial specialization, see Tourism.

Leisure[edit | edit source]

Example of buildings in a "Leisure" specialized commercial zone. Salon, restaurant, bowling alley and games arcade.

Leisure is how Cims spend their free time when not at school or work. Parks and Plazas and Park Areas will account for some leisure time, as will spending money in a Commercial zone.

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Commercial specialization into leisure will produce games businesses like arcades and comedy clubs. Leisure specialized regions have more nightlife and will experience round the clock traffic. One option for continuous use of a region is to integrate both normal commercial and leisure zones to maximize usage.

Leisure regions generate more income than an equivalent commercial zone but at the expense of more noise and traffic which means they need to be situated further away from residential areas.

The "Leisure" specialization becomes available at the "Big Town" milestone.

The buildings that grow in this specialization are not able to level up; they have only a single level. They only grow as low density regardless of the underlying commercial zoning density. In terms of jobs generated, a leisure zone is equal to a level 3 low density commercial zone.

Policies[edit | edit source]

Let Go of Leisure.png The "Let Go of Leisure" policy gives leisure specialized areas a hefty boost in their entertainment and attractiveness values, at a cost of no tax income from the leisure specialized buildings in the affected area.

NIMBY.png The "NIMBY" policy causes leisure specialized areas to close for the night. It reduces noise pollution caused by leisure, but also reduces income from leisure specialized buildings at night.

School of Tourism and Travel[edit | edit source]

Building a School of Tourism and Travel Unique Faculty within a Trade School Campus Area .

  • Increases the attractiveness and entertainment of leisure buildings.
  • Increases income from all commercial zones.

Organic and Local Produce[edit | edit source]

Example of buildings in an "Organic and Local Produce" specialized commercial zone.
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The "Organic and Local Produce" specialization changes commercial areas to consist of buildings such as organic produce shops and electric car charging stations.

They produce 50% of sold goods locally, reducing the truck traffic they require by 50%. They sell goods at the same rate as generic commercial buildings.
These buildings use 20% more electricity than standard commercial buildings, but generate 20% less garbage. Buildings in these areas produce little to no noise pollution, and are therefore suitable to be in close proximity to residential zones.

The "Organic and Local Produce" specialization becomes available at the "Worthy Village" milestone.

The buildings that grow in this specialization are not able to level up; they have only a single level. They only grow as low density regardless of the underlying commercial zoning density. In terms of jobs generated, an organic and local produce zone is equal to a level 3 low density commercial zone.

Mechanism[edit | edit source]

Organic and local produce buildings require goods from industrial zones (shown purple in the info views), as well as agricultural products (shown orange in the info views). The buildings prefer not to produce their own agricultural goods but receive goods from agricultural industry, or import form outside connections.

The buildings with this commercial specialization can be supplied by processor buildings of the zoned farming specialization. In warehouses these processed farming materials are called "Zoned Industry - Farming Products". Farming Industry Areas from the Industries DLC can also provide goods to buildings with the aforementioned specialization.
In some cases, their internal production is enough to keep the buildings functioning properly even if there are no truck deliveries.[2] Thus, the goods that they produce themselves are sufficient to prevent the commercial buildings from becoming abandoned due to lack of deliveries; this is useful in smaller towns that have less industrial zone.[3]
An alternate strategy is to replace most generic commercial zone with the Organic and Local Produce specialization, generic industry is not necessary. All of the required goods can be made in Recycling Centers and possibly the IT Cluster office specialization.[4]

Parking Lots[edit | edit source]

Buildings of “Edison Hyper Charger”.

Large parking lots can be created without mods on PC or console through a method of placing 2x4, 2x3, or 2x2 patterns of commercial zone that is specialized "Organic and Local Produce" and bulldozing anything that grows that isn't an "Edison Hyper Charger".[5] Marking the Edison Hyper Chargers as historical after they “grow” can help prevent accidental demolition.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Forum: After Dark Dev Diary 4 - Commercial Specializations - CO_Karoliina (Developer) (2015-09-10)
  2. Forum: Some details into the mechanics of Green Cities - Voeille (Forum Member) (2017-11-06)
  3. Reddit: Does anybody even know the supply chain of IT cluster offices? - u/hardypart (Reddit User) (2018-03-22)
  4. Forum: Some details into the mechanics of Green Cities - Promethian (Forum Member) (2017-10-23)
  5. YouTube: 5 Road Hacks you need to know in Cities: Skylines! | No Mods needed imperatur (2020-10-27)