As Widening grows it was felt that it now needed something to show for its stature, so it was decided to lay out a grand plaza where the two main avenues cross. It is shown in the first picture of this update. This now has become the official center of the city. All services and most shops are located at or near this utterance of splendor.
New in Widening is the manufacturing industry. Most of it is shown in the next picture. Each business offers a job to one unqualified and one qualified worker. It produces a lot less pollution than the heavy industry, which is a good thing, since it allows more factories on a smaller plot of land in the unqualified workers area without pushing the satisfaction with the environment too much in the danger zone. This way there’s no need to put decorations in between homes and factories to prevent people from leaving the city.
The unqualified workers are beginning to hate me already because of the current situation. Their assessment of the environment is with its 40% satisfaction now officially in the red. It’s a good thing the city supplies them with all the other things they need, otherwise there would be real trouble. They still appreciate the services the city offers for the full 100%. Their job satisfaction has gone down a bit to 93%, with 75% satisfaction their quite pleased with the level of taxes, and they appreciate it a lot that they all live near their workplaces, since traffic flow is valued by 93%. Placing heavy industry far away from homes would have improved the environment quality where they live, but they would have disliked the time it took them to travel to work.
And a great discovery has been made. It seems Widening is being built on top of a vast and very rich oil field, so immediately two fuel extraction fields have been laid out. One of them can be seen in the next picture. But nobody is getting rich because of it, since drilling for oil is very expensive. It is among the most expensive services the city has to finance. For 10,000 in costs Widening produces three tokens of fuel, but since the city doesn’t need to consume that much oil it is all sold to OmniCorp for a meager 10,200. Do the math yourself and see that the extra pollution the oil extraction fields produce come at a high price: everybody gets unhappy for nothing, since there’s nothing you can build with 200. The reason town hall wants those fields to be there is that it helps them planning the layout of this growing city, because in the future Widening is going to need that oil for its own supply.
Financially Widening is doing very well. For a long time its income was at more than 18,000, making the treasury fill up to the staggering amount of 4,502,844. Introduction of new services, however, has reduced the city’s income to 11,548. But I do feel very comfortable with that. It seems to be enough for a bright future, at least on those days when there’s enough wind to make the smog blow away so the sun can shine on the city.
The height of the income could however be 7,000 larger. Widening now has so many offices that two tokens are being produced, while at the same time demand has not been completely satisfied. Selling these to OmniCorp would be very profitable, but it would disturb the demand curve, meaning that town hall would not have the proper information to have a balanced city growth. Since that is a priority, the services the offices provide will not be sold, which in turn prevents the construction of too many offices.
The next picture shows another expensive service the city offers now: the sheriff’s office.
There are differences in how much a city needs of the different kinds of businesses before demand collapses. Offices are most important, closely followed by heavy industry. Of manufacturing industry it needs a lot less, and it needs shops a bit more than that. This shows in the amount of tax each sector pays. Since the introduction of manufacturing industry the first place in the ranking has seen the offices go and the industry introduced, but that is because heavy and manufacturing industry are combined. Together they pay 10,890. The offices pay just a bit less: 10,800. The hotels with 2,528 and the shops with 945 add only a little bit to the city’s revenues.
The next picture shows some manufacturing industry up close. I think the factory in the front is the nicest of all the manufacturing factories. To the right you can see a somewhat dilapidated unqualified workers home.
The qualified worker’s satisfaction has also dropped again, by 3%. Contrary to the unqualified workers they are not completely satisfied with the services the city offers, but they do, on the other hand, appreciate the environment a lot with 73% satisfaction, which is almost double the appreciation the unqualified workers have. This is logical, of course, since they don’t breathe the same air.
The next picture is a nice shot taken standing on the new plaza. On the other side of the road you can see the new bowling alley, a not so expensive service the city now offers to its inhabitants.
With a 52% share the qualified workers now make up the majority of Widening’s population of 10,378. And that shows in the tax revenues. With 6,180 they pay a lot more taxes than the unqualified workers do with their 2,760. All homes are still fully occupied, all jobs are taken and no one is unemployed. Furthermore the businesses have absolutely nothing to complain about.
The next picture is an overview of all of Widening in satellite view. You can clearly make out the grand plaza in what will soon be the center of the city, the four avenues spreading out from there in the four directions of the wind, and all the offices and shops that are stretched out alongside two of them.
The next picture shows the city a bit more up close. Again you see the plaza and the avenues with the shops and offices alongside it. At the bottom is the qualified workers area, and on top the unqualified workers area, with the heavy industry located more on the right side and the manufacturing industry on the left side of the avenue that runs upwards. The fuel extraction fields can also be clearly marked out in the unqualified workers area. City services are all located centrally near the grand plaza, but you probably have to know where they are exactly to see them. Spreads out throughout the neighborhoods are small plazas, parks and marketplaces. You can clearly see them. The intercity connection is of course on the edge on the right side.
The final shot of this update shows the plaza and its surroundings early in the morning, taken from a position on top of a roof. Enjoy it. The next update will be when Widening reaches 15,000 inhabitants.