Kikizo published a brand new 5 page interview with The Sims 3 producer Ben Bell.  Have a read below:

Kikizo: I’m aware that you have 97 lots max in each neighbourhood. Is the layout randomized?

Bell: It is a set town, but you can change the location of any of the houses and you can change all of the people who are there. We’re also… for anybody who registers their game, you’ll be able to download a second town. That’s a free perk when you register the game.

Kikizo: Will that be available at launch?

Bell: Yes.

A second town?  That’s excellent news!

Read the whole interview here