To get $999,999 make all fire and police departments. Put the game on the fastest seting and wait for the tax grid to appear. As soon as the screen turns black hold L + R. While holding these buttons change all settings to 0% and exit the screen (don't release the buttons yet).
While still holding these buttons, use the menu to return to the tax screen. Raise all settings to 100% except for the tax rate. Set that to 20%. Exit the tax screen and the menu, then release L and R.
Congratulations! You now have $999,999.
When building houses, make them in 3x3 boxes with the middle left empty. Then fill the center
with parkland. This increses the plesantness of the houses, raises land value, and makes more people arrive.
Increase Your City
While building your town build raildroads instead of roads. It may cost more but you won't have traffic jams.This will please your citizens and more people will arrive in your
Lay low with your money and buy small amounts of everything. Keep low on residential, commercial, and industry. Build what the citizens want when you can afford it. Continue to do this until you start to progress in tax money.