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Blocking/editing ONE Maxis building

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Hey all, I am wondering if it is possible to delete or edit one Maxis building so that it won't build any more. The problem is I am getting Grey Stilts Apartments growing on low density residential, which obviously ruins all my suburbs. I know they shouldn't be growing on low density anyway. I have been going through and just demolishing them as they grow but I can't keep up since my region is getting larger now.

I have the Grey Stilts opened in Reader but I don't know if there is a way to edit it to not grow on low density. :???:

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Take what I tell you with a grain of salt because I'm pulling it out my butt. <_<

Maxis buildings are problematic because a single building shows up on many lots, and density information isn't kept with the individual buildings' information. The OccupantGroups property has a rep that determines which tile set the building will grow under. It is: Style:(Euro, Chicago, New York, Houston). Delete it. The building will no longer grow.

If you WANT it to grow, you'll need to alter the lot file for the family (Change the LotConfigPropertyZoneTypes property), meaning this change affects ALL buildings belonging to that building's family. If you want to change ONLY Grey Stilts, you'll need to separate it from the rest of the family, then make the changes. This is a lot of work if you're not familiar with how families work.

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To keep a certain building from growing, as Mr Giggles said remove the tile set rep (their IDs are 2000 through 2003). Alternatively you can remove the building from its family, ie delete the Building/Prop family property. And if you are wondering, don't make these changes on the exemplars in simcity_1.dat, but instead on copied exemplars which should be placed in new datfiles ("mods"), installed under your My Documents\Plugins folder (or a subfolder).

As for Gray Stilts (and Crib Terrace too, no?) I checked the lots in simcity_1.dat but I couldn't verify what you are reporting. There are two lots these buildings may grow in, a stage-4 1x3 and a stage-5 1x2. Both lots require at least medium-density zones, while the stage numbers alone (>3) would be enough to keep the lots from growing on low-density zones anyway. Besides, I have recently made a Euro-style city, with lots of such "boxy appartments" buildings, and never had Gray Stilts growing on low-density lots. Therefore check the custom content you have installed, eg some additional (non-Maxis) lots (many are awfully modded) or maybe some "stages mod" or something.

Hope this helps

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  • Thanks. I just deleted the build style line so that should take care of the problem. I had already gone through all the Maxis buildings and edited their capacities to be a little more realistic so I have the modified datfiles already. I haven't noticed anything else strange growing where it shouldn't be, but that one was just really obvious having apartments in my housing neighborhoods. Thanks again!

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