I struggled to balance services, taxes, expenses, and frequent fires. (Oh, the fires. So many of them broke out that I felt like renaming the city North Tonowanda. I still don't understand the fire mechanic.) There wasn't enough water or electricity; sewage and garbage were constantly building up; taxes were too high and land value was too low; traffic was congested; noise pollution was high; not enough residential zones; not enough industry; too few workers. A couple of times I actually managed to get in the green and was able to maintain a positive bank balance. But this never lasted. I dropped into the negative. Multiple loans and a few bailouts weren't enough to save me; my bank balance dropped to -250 000 Euros.
So, I gave up. I turned off all services, increased taxes, and just let the city die. I think it took around 15 minutes for it to become a ghost-town.
|The end is nigh|
|The citizens are unhappy|
|Oh no, there's an abandoned building in my city|
|A sad, sad scene|
With the city largely empty, I began to bulldoze everything. Yet even as I was razing entire districts new buildings began cropping up here and there. That made me realise that I couldn't really start over. So, with great regret and sadness at the loss of all those tiny, simulated souls, I deleted my saves. I hope to have better luck next time.