AN INNOVATIVE CITY SIMULATOR USING REAL-WORLD PROPERTY DATA
SIM-PHL lets you take control of several blocks in the Mantua district of Philadelphia and empowers you to repair and build housing, stores, parks, and other facilities with the aim of improving the lives of residents in the neighborhood. Every decision you make affects the property value of the buildings in the neighborhood, influencing who has access to the space and how it is used. As the city manager, you must use yearly allocated and fluctuating state funds to strategically build your neighborhood to maximize resident happiness and unlock new buildings and neighborhoods.
Tackle complex sociological challenges by zoning your blocks for residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational purposes. Experiment with single and multi-family housing to affect your population and income distribution. Build various commercial stores so your residents can work and shop. Clear space for parks and historical sites to attract tourism and business. Choose how to budget your city services that meet the needs of your constantly shifting residents. Respond to simulated events drawn from incident reports in the city database, such as contested zoning requests, damage resulting from natural disasters, and various political oppositions and industry pressures all while finding a balance that works for your residents. Compare your neighborhoods to real Philadelphia locations by seeing real-world data on current land and building market values.