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I'm enjoying SimCity despite it's small city size, but I'd like bigger cities.  Is it possible to use each region as a "zone" of a larger city?  Or will that not be sustainable?  For example: I'd like to use one region for farming/agriculture.  Then create another region mostly for residential and small business.  Then maybe a separate industrial zone.  Etc.  If I can do that, it'll at least feel like I'm making big ol' cities.

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I am unlocking the Technophile archievment with multicities. to build in the middle sector a lot of industry and university . And 2 sector for the middle income and high come, they wil go tho the industry sector.  this a hard archievement.  the city of tommorrow dlc will help a lot with traffic. 

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