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Stage CAP not following CAM or Vanilla value in new cities
« on: September 16, 2019, 08:34:16 AM »
Greetings, I've posted the following post on Reddit but didn't get what I was expecting, so I'm posting it here as well, hope that's ok. I've been playing Simcity 4 for 16 years now, so I'm quite familiar with the game, I play with Cam 2.1 and a lot of custom buildings.

The stage cap, were always said to be based on regional capacity, but I find there must be other variables at play here because the results I often see are inconsistent with the stage cap value provided by both CAM and Vanilla.

I currently have a region of 600 000 population, and I just started a new city that will eventually be my "Manhattan". Demands for all wealth level are through the roof. So with that in mind, one would expect that by providing basic services, zoning for high density in a brand new city would allow for apartments and even high rise tenements out of the gate. However, I never found this to be the case. In brand new cities with high regional populations, single family home will still develop first and apartments will only appear later. They do appear faster than a brand new region, but still not following the percentage provided by CAM. According to CAM data, 90% of my buildings should be Stage 5 or more. That's not at all what I'm seeing in a my new city.

Further more, I sometimes don't understand what triggers medium / high density buildings to upgrade. Sometimes I am simply placing park, and a R$ building will upgrade to a higher density R$ building, which doesn't make sense as the desirability was already high enough for a high density R$ building, and R$ are don't have their stage capped by park.

My theory is that there are other variables that control building density in cities, other than total population. I've heard before to build out before building up, but even that doesn't follow he stage cap population if it is true.

Anyone with a good understanding of building stages can shed a light?