So I recently started trying out 1x1 residential zones. I started a fresh city, made an avenue block that is 32x32. I then used streets to grid off the interior. I put a couple commercial zones at the edge touching the avenue and filled in the middle with 1x1 Residential. Left a space between each row so that they remained 1x1 and didnt form into 1x2. Built some industry in a neighboring city, as well as power and trash. Linked them up, set up the neighborhood deals and bam. The houses wont grow. The comercial zones grew, industry in the neighboring city grew. But the little 1x1 houses are just sitting there unbuilt. Anyone know how to solve this issue? My second topic is aesthetics. I am addicted to grids. I make everything symetrical and square. While that seems efficient it is boring. Basically once I get to a certain point in the game I am just repeating the same pattern over and over. I can get large cities but meh, getting tired of it. What are some tips for breaking this habbit? Anyone have some motivation screenshots or comments? I always get turned away from making intricate transportation designs because it takes forever to build and usually don't have alot of cash hanging around ( I always play on hard difficulty). Any tips? Oh and hello to everyone this is my first post. I have been reading this site for about 6 months and finaly felt the urge to get serious with my designs.