I know what you're saying (regarding the micromanagement in Sim games), however, this was never necessary in ANY of the previous three SimCities. Therefore, to have SimCity 4 all of a sudden change from a City Builder into a City SIMULATOR came, I'm sure, as a very big surprise to a lot of people.
Had Maxis had the common decency to warn people about this beforehand, it would have saved them a lot of angry gamers on their forum.
As for playing a Harm operative doing really wacky stuff, it sounds fun, but how long is that angle going to hold? It's going to be funny the first time through, for a few levels or so, and then it will get really old really fast (imho)...