I don't get it. I fought through every chapter on the assumption that I'd get a bigger city and better upgrades for buildings. I have completed every chapter at this point and have every building fully upgrade (outside of some armories and manufacturies I am adding now that I deleted my guest quarters). In the tourney, I open 50 provinces every week which I do 4 times at least mostly with goods so I get spells for goods production. I also go to the top of spire every week for a year or two. Never once did I pause to catchup before pushing my city through the next chapter as fast as possible. I don't really get why a city would be parked and what that attraction is. ... but I am a nut job that plays every day for a few hours. I always took it as a challenge - how can I get more space, how can I get better use of the space I have. The only answer I ever had to get there, was to complete each chapter as fast as I could. There are people that outperform me, but I often see the tell tale signs that they bought their way to the top.Somebody in one of my fellowships said the other day that he was done chasing chapters. Although I didn't have a term for it, I had always hated chasing chapters too. Right now I run three different cities, all moored in Chapter 6. They had been moored in Chapter 5 actually, but I heard they had modified the game so that players under Chapter 6 should not have access to the Spire, so I advanced to Chapter 6 for fear I would lose my Spire rights. I don't regret it because I am going to use a great military AW soon, but I am not planning to advance to any of the next chapters.
To each his own, but I play for the challenge. If the achievement in front of me is challenging, I want to achieve it better and faster than anyone else. Everyone has their own reason for playing, I suppose.