we have our first look at line city a couple of weeks ago, which is Saudi Arabia’s bizarre plan to spend billions of dollars to build a weird sci-fi city along the Red Sea. According to the two-minute video above, the city will be a large straight line stretching 170 kilometers across the desert. The entire city will be the height of a skyscraper, only 200 meters wide and completely covered in mirrors. Because reasons? Presumably, there are reasons.
While I think Line City would be a good place for a futuristic zombie movie where people have to fight their way from one end of the city to the other (by all means make this movie), it seems like a terrible place to host to 9 million people. people without first asking them if they want to live in a strange city of skinny skyscrapers with mirrors. Not to mention all the people who will be displaced or worse just to build the silly thing.
But ridiculous plans in real life sometimes turn into fun plans in video games, so I went ahead and built the longest, skinniest city I could in Cities: Skylines just to see if it worked. To avoid being sued or killed, I call my creation Skinny City.
And I have to admit that Skinny City worked. It’s not as tall as Line City, it’s not fully mirrored, and some parts could have been considerably straighter if I’d put an iota more effort while drawing my long path. But it’s amazing how easy it is to build an incredibly stupid city when you have unlimited funds, which is what I had using the infinite money switch from Cities: Skylines and what certain princes have thanks to being smart enough to be born from the correct parents. . I also used a mod that allowed me to unlock all the squares on the map so I could build to the edges.
To show off the glory of my creation, I took the audio from the official Line City video above and put together a Skinny City trailer. You can watch it below (don’t forget to put the sound on) though, honestly, it’ll make a lot more sense if you watch the two-minute original “What’s The Line?” first the video at the top of this page.
As you can see, I opted for streetcars for local transportation (Line City is a car-free environment), so I drew my path with two-way streetcar lines and used a mod that allowed me to add a streetcar turn just so it wouldn’t they did. you have to go all the way from one end of the city to the other just to change direction. That kept most cars out, except for the endless parade of hot dog and donut trucks, so I didn’t really have any major traffic jams. Line City is also supposed to have a high-speed train that takes passengers from one end of the city to the other in 20 minutes. I went with a monorail for that. Total travel time: only 4 minutes (although Skinny City is 26 km long instead of 170 km).
Water and power took the most work, because while it would have been easy to drop pumps and some windmills along the river and bring them into town with pipes and cables, I felt that everything in Skinny Town should be within Skinny City, or at least flattened out next to it, so I used the terrain tool to dig a huge trench from the river to the edge of the city and put all my services in it.
This immediately made everyone in Skinny City sick because it was pumping sewage directly into people’s homes. Oh!
I had to dig another big ugly ditch from the riverbed to my town and put the water pumps in there, and everyone started to feel better except the people who died. (Line City doesn’t say what it will do with its dead: presumably drone them out of their housing units and stack them in a glorious, glittering graveyard skyscraper that’s just a five-minute walk away.)
If there’s one thing I don’t like about Skinny City, it’s the efficiency. Making my stupid city just one big line meant having to put in a lot more service buildings like police offices and schools because they operate in a radius of influence and in Skinny City you can’t build things around things you can only build stuff. next to things. That means that while the universities in my city can accommodate 18,000 students, right now I only have about 250 enrolled. My crime rate is an extremely low 3%, but I must have tons of completely bored cops because there are so many stations in the city.
There is also no good place to put buildings that generate pollution, such as dumps or crematoria or any type of industrial building. I also don’t know where these things will go in Line City. Will there be garbage skyscrapers? Agricultural towers? The video suspiciously doesn’t mention how Line City will manufacture anything. Skinny City certainly doesn’t. City expenditures are currently $64,018, with total revenue of $12 from public transportation fares. It seems doable.
Also, I can’t imagine living in the city and trying to give people directions to my house: “So turn left and go straight for exactly 13.36 miles. I live at 464798590372 Skinny Road. You can’t get it.” lose”.
And finally, I clicked on one of the monorails while traveling from one end of the city to the other, and it said there was only one person on board, which I can only assume was an extremely lonely driver. I guess my citizens just don’t have a reason to travel from one end of the city to the other, unless I build something useful there. Maybe like a way to a city that isn’t so stupidly skinny.