I moved onto one of the newer/updated servers [NA East 3] and had no issues. Connected and saved just fine. One of the [semi]pros from the DRM bullshittery is that it saves it server side, so even if you computer turns off mid-way [like mine did last night], it was synced up and saved with the last thing I did, so, no starting over. Also, when the servers aren’t shitting on themselves and the trades/town hall moduels work, it’s great. Don’t always have to build onto your town hall if your neighboring towns already have it. BF and I try to make towns that are connected to be ale to send aide and not have to spend money uselessly on modules.
Far as zoning is concerned, I guess it depends on what the city you’re going for. I made a “College Town” which only has High Density Commercial, Residential areas and plenty of education [all the schools]. Depending on the shape and the wealth of your streets/land will determine what size buildings you’ll get. So, you can have a low density, high wealth land to have mansions or high density, low wealth land for roach motels. I tried to stay cleaner with this town, but, I have a few groody zones from when I first put industry down, before deciding on just doing commercial zoning only.
One of the interesting things I’ve been learning is how certain epidemics arise. Zombie attacks are from lack of a health care system, uneducated Sims and overly polluted areas. Those attacks are annoying and wreck your cities if you have it on the fastest speed. I’ve only had that and a tornado so far, I don’t know how that one was caused, but, fuck me sideways did it suck. Lower taxes in high land value areas bring dat $$$ in. Then they leave once you put it up to 20%. Fast but ineffective way to get money. My BF went the digging/trade route for his city [after he had a nuclear meltdown for not educating his Sims how to run it] and made $10.3Mil in an hour. Trade Depots are the best if you have high production value. Gotta bum money off of him cause I have too many services available trying to make my city not look like shit. I’ll post screenshots later.