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No demand in new cities

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As the topic says, I'm having a bizarre bug.  I created a city a while ago and didn't do anything but name it, went back to get it going, and there was no demand at all.  Nothing would grow.  I wiped it and re-founded, same thing.  Now I tried a city on the adjacent square, which hadn't been named yet, and there's no demand!

I've also created another city in a different part of the region and it functioned normally.  What is going on?  I've never seen this happen before.

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Well, do you have any neighbor connections feeding into the new city? 

You can zone, demands or not.  What happens if you zone a hold and click industrial park and back it with some 1 x 2 high-density R lots?  This may wake the system up, or set your demands negative.

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  • I do zone and neighbor connections don't make a difference. Demand stays at the base near-zero and nothing develops no matter how long I let it run. I thought I'd seen everything in seven years of playing this game but this one has me baffled.

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    its happening to me too, been playing it for 7 years and i use the super demand ordinance, and my last three cities cero, nothing. must be something we just downloaded and has a bug

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    Try deleting the city from the region view, then load it and obliterate it from god mode. If this doesn't work, name the city (if you haven't already) go to the Simcity 4 folder in my documents or on the hard drive, find the city file, move it to the desktop then back into the region folder. That will reset the entire tile file, and it should work now.

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  • Well, I seem to have solved it though I'll be damned if I know exactly how. I deleted one of the problem cities, rebuilt the terrain from scratch, refounded, and it grew a little but still wasn't working right. I founded a new city next to it, which itself was next to an existing city, and the demand there was fine. Made a neighbor connection, went back to the original, and in a couple months demand shot up.

    It seems like founding a city in the middle of nowhere, with no bordering cities, might have been the issue. Once it shared borders with the developed part of the region it seems to have recovered. Bizarre.

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    When I found the first city in a new region the demands are low, but not zero.  In eight years of playing, I've never seen this, so thanks for the information and solution.  Something new like this comes up once in a while.

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