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SimCity Parking Lots - 5 Lots - NO CC

by Zarathustra Posted 1st Jul 2015 at 11:53 PM - Updated 2nd Jun 2016 at 6:36 AM by Zarathustra : Upload .gif wasn't working right- went for a normal screenshot instead.
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Nothing too terribly much to say about this upload- it's 5 different parking lots, each a different size and done in a slightly different style. These are mainly intended just as neighborhood decoration (it's kind of odd to have a big-box store without a few acres of parking out front, isn't it?), but they're also useable as housing for your city's homeless or transient Sims, or as a setting for those of you who like to do storytelling and need a parking lot backdrop for part of your latest epic tale!
A quick note- the lot size and price options don't work so well when there's more than one lot in a set, so the actual breakdown of the lots' actual sizes and prices can be found below.

These are all residential lots, because in working on this quick project, I discovered that vehicles don't actually appear on community lots without having a Sim owner of the lot to bring them in. Well, whatever- the point of these is mostly how they appear in the neighborhood, and a residential lot works just as well as a community lot for most purposes there.

There's a lot size for every dimension between 1 and 6 neighborhood tiles, depending on how they're rotated, so with careful placement, you should be able to match up a lot with any building you decide needs a parking lot in front of or alongside it.

Each lot also has a different style, a different economic niche, if you will, so you can choose their best city placement as you like. The 3x1 lot is the cheapest looking, and the 2x5 the most expensive- the other lots are all pretty midrange, they're just different environments and layouts so that your city's parking has a bit of variety. (And by all means, if you decide you like one of those styles and want to copy it and make more lots in that style, go for it!)

Technical details for lots this simple are pretty simple too- there's no CC anywhere (which should come as no surprise to any of you by this point!). With these lots, you need every EP, but as far as SPs go, the only reason I have them all listed as required is because I cannot remember where every type of tree or terrain paint or wallpaper came from. You'd probably be safe without ANY SPs, actually, but I leave that for you to judge! As far as size and pricing, that's below:

3x1 = $27,212
5x2 = $211,123
3x3 = $121,000
4x4 = $140,551
5x6 = $266,218

Some of these are pretty big lots, but there's no buildings (unless you count the 6-tile dumpster on the largest lot) to clog up your processor, so they're all pretty fast! The one thing I will mention is, if you do choose to have Sims live on any of these lots, don't use the cars! Without a proper driveway, they won't return to the lot correctly, and it's a lot of hassle that you just don't need to deal with!

Finally, as always, if you find any trouble with any of these lots, let me know, and I'll fix it as quick as I can! (I don't think you should though- there's not really much to cause trouble on lots as simple as these!)

Lot Size: 5x6
Lot Price (furnished): $27,212 - $266,218

Number of bedrooms: Not Applicable
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Install: Double-click on the .sims2pack file to install its contents to your game. The files will automatically be installed to the proper location(s).
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#2 Old 2nd Jul 2015 at 10:11 AM
Absolutely brilliant, thank you. I remember having the same idea but never got around to it. It might be an idea to have community versions using Mog's decorative parking spaces, as I'm sure many players use it anyway.
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#3 Old 2nd Jul 2015 at 12:10 PM
Very creative thank you for sharing
#4 Old 2nd Jul 2015 at 6:06 PM
What a great idea! Seems like something Zarathustra would think of!
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#5 Old 2nd Jul 2015 at 8:29 PM
I really like this idea. I have a couple of my own in Plainsboro, but I never get the dimensions right and end up with poor parking spaces and drive patterns.
Test Subject
#6 Old 2nd Jul 2015 at 11:08 PM
I have made several parking lots for my communities. If you begin with the lot as residential, design lot and place your cars, you can rezone the lot as community and it will still show up with the cars in your previews of the communities. Thought you might want to know.
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#7 Old 3rd Jul 2015 at 1:22 AM
Originally Posted by Sims2Insomniac
I have made several parking lots for my communities. If you begin with the lot as residential, design lot and place your cars, you can rezone the lot as community and it will still show up with the cars in your previews of the communities. Thought you might want to know.

Not in my game, I'd actually tried that when I was working on these- you just end up with an empty parking lot... either one of the few mods I have had the unintended effect of blocking that, or one of the mods you have allows that to happen.

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Test Subject
#8 Old 19th Jul 2015 at 1:16 PM
nicely done! Thank you
Mad Poster
#9 Old 28th Nov 2015 at 10:46 AM Last edited by gazania : 28th Nov 2015 at 10:57 AM.
My first download from you, and what is it? Not your magnificent buildings, but the 3x3 parking lot. (I work mostly with smaller lots, so this and the smallest size would be ideal, for the most part.)

Oops. But they are magnificent parking lots!

While I was creating my strip mall, my husband looked over my shoulder and commented that the total effect looked really good to him; very similar to the strip-mall stores near us. After many, many hours of my trying to get my stores to look the way I wanted, I found myself puffing a bit with pride. Then he commented. "But ...."


"There are no parking lots near your stores!"

He was right there. When I looked at my strip mall again, I saw that indeed, it is odd that a strip mall has no parking! I looked around for a decorative parking lot. Unless your Criminal Sims are doing something ... untoward ... late at night, this isn't the kind of lot where your Sims would be hanging out for hours at a time. But alas ... no hood decor parking lots from reputable sites exist that I know of! (Well, there are deserted lots that look pretty desolate, but I wasn't exactly trying for a post-apocalyptic look here. Not too good for business and all that.) Good thing I checked your description before making it a community lot, though.Thank you for telling us why these are residential! ;)

These are actually much better than hood decor lots, I think. And these are one of those things that you don't think you need until you download them and think, "Well ... maybe I do!" I also like that they're nice and preshrunk for our convenience. Thank you!