How to Reduce Air Pollution in SimCity 4

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How to Reduce Air Pollution in SimCity 4
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In "SimCity 4," poor air quality hinders residential and commercial development in your city, because no one wants to move there. Air pollution reduces land value and limits skyscraper height. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to counteract it. For example, you can focus on building high-tech industry instead of dirty or manufacturing industry.

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    Educate your population. If you build elementary schools, high schools and colleges, your population will become more intelligent, which is one method of bringing high-tech industry into your city.

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    Build commercial zones in your city. Until high-tech industries arrive, build more commercial zones than polluting industries. This will give your population jobs and your city revenue.

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    Isolate polluting buildings and zones. If you are forced to build some polluting industry until high-tech industry arrives, place the dirty and/or manufacturing industries away from your residential and commercial zones. When high-tech industry arrives, you can rezone the other polluting industries with high-tech, residential and commercial zones.

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    Place green recreational buildings throughout your city. These buildings will not only help reduce air pollution but they will make your population happier. Small versions of these buildings include playgrounds, gazebos, community gardens and small parks. Mid-range recreational air-pollution reducers are soccer fields, major league stadiums, city zoos, and medium parks and flower gardens. Large parks and flower gardens, softball parks, cemeteries and country clubs are the top recreational air-pollution reducers.

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    Eventually build high-tech industry in your city.

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