1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. If you are going to register on XLNation, please make sure you do not use a proxy server.
    If you use a proxy server your registration will most likely get blocked due to spammers and hackers using proxy servers to hide their real IP address.

    If your using your home or work IP address and have not received your registration email, check your spam folder.
    PLEASE DO NOT ASK TO HAVE YOUR ACCOUNT DELETED IF YOU HAVE POSTED IN THE FORUM! If so we do not delete accounts due to the mess it can make on the forum.
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Its becoming harder each month to keep this site floating on the web. As Adsense money is now four months apart, I'm covering the rest of the monthly bills.
    There's been a handful of donations which help a little but more regular donations are needed if this site is to stay alive.
    I know it's tough for everyone but if you can spare a little it would be awesome.
    P.S. Once again a big huge thanks to the last donations!
    Dismiss Notice

CJ Nicaumenee

A pearl at Lake Michigan

  1. kipate
    Population:
    403245
    Map:
    LakeVadtyMapPack
    Game Version:
    • Cities XXL 2015
    Nicaumenee
    Hello folks! After months of planning and playing, I present to you the City of Nicaumenee (IPA: nˈɪkəmˌɛniː)!
    Teaser_109.jpg

    Maybe I start with some background. You can skip it if you want, but then don't complain later :D
    Having built Arenzano, my Italian city, I realized that for the next city, I would have to cut some plans if I ever wanted to finish the city. With new modifications released by @Drazicdesign, the wish arose to build an American city, albeit I have never been there. On the one hand, I did not want to build a coastal city, on the other hand, I did not want to build on a fully covered map. Thus I chose the Island Bor map by @ronrn to build a lake city on. With all the islands I added, it still has become a challenge, even though the larger portions of the map are filled.
    My idea was to "replace" the city of Manitowoc in Wisconsin (USA), by a midsized metropolis having a population of around 400,000 citizens, and of about 800,000 inhabitants within the proper metropolitan area.

    Register or to view Spoiler content!
    Of course, the map only has a size of about 35 to 40 square kilometres (13.5 to 15.4 square miles), hence it only represents parts of the city. I thought that maybe 150,000 of the 403,000 citizens would live on that part of the city, and the rest would live outside of the map. The in-game population already is higher than one million, so it has really become a larger city :D Given the size of the map, I came to the conclusion that I had to cut my plans for an airport. Thus, there will not be that many megastructures that you will see; my aim was to give a realistic impression :) If I find some more time, I may be able to finally finish the marshalling yard, the gas power plant, the (sewage) water plants, the main cemetery, as well as the northern half of the harbour :whistle: If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the discussion thread! Now without any further ado, let's start :)


    Basic Facts
    Nicaumenee_Flag.jpg
    Register or to view Spoiler content!

    History
    Teaser_104.jpg
    Register or to view Spoiler content!


    Overview & first introduction

    Downtown (in the central background), Barren Hill (on the upper left side), St. Mary's (in the center), Bridgend (in the upper right part), Timmerman (in the lower left part), and Sherman Park (on the lower right side):
    Teaser_131.jpg
    You can spot the interchange of I-43 (from central left to central right) with I-243 (from lower left to central right), and I-541 (from the lower center upwards towards Bridgend).

    Downtown (upper half), Barren Hill (lower left), Bridgend (central right), St. Mary's (lower right):
    Teaser_082.jpg
    In the foreground, you can see the interchange between I-43 (running from left to right) and I-343 (running up to the island).

    Downtown (upper half), Barren Hill with the modern harbour (lower left), Bridgend (lower right):
    Teaser_088.jpg

    Sherman Park (upper left), St. Mary's (upper central), Barren Hill (right), and Bridgend (lower left):
    Teaser_110.jpg

    Sherman Park (left), St. Mary's (upper right), Bridgend (lower right):
    Teaser_121.jpg
    On the left side, you can spot the huge interchange connecting I-43 to I-243 and I-541.
    Teaser_140.jpg

    You can also spot the Sherman Park Tunnel that was built in the late 1990s to connect the previously highly separated parts of the district:
    Teaser_139.jpg
    Teaser_141.jpg
    There have been calls to change the current accesses, as the ramps are quite short. This would inevitably lead to a reduction in lanes of the main highway.


    Sherman Park (left side), and Bridgend (right side):
    Teaser_129.jpg
    In the foreground, you can spot the Pyramid Convention Center, built in the late 1980s. It's a multifunctional building, hosting convention rooms, a hotel, as well as a casino.
    Teaser_144.jpg

    Teaser_117.jpg


    Skyline and some nightly impressions
    Teaser_119.jpg
    Register or to view Spoiler content!

    I thank every modder on XLN, you all have done an awesome job!!!

    Special thanks to @Drazicdesign :) Without your new mods, I would not have been able to realize this project! Also a great thank you to @axel (y) Your buildings have been playing a vital role within the city!

    More updates to follow!
    Dingtao Wang, axel, Miguel and 7 others like this.

Recent Reviews

  1. Miguel
    Miguel
    5/5,
    Oh my god, Kipate, this city was designed with such care, with such delicacy of details, that it's hard for me to choose where to start because everything is in the right place. In fact, you did pretty much everything right. I'm saying you did pretty much everything right because cities, even real-life ones, are also characterized by their imperfections. Your city is an excellent approach to what we know from everyday cities. There are no perfect cities and for that reason, I say yours is perfect because you chose to show that your work has a soul. Cities are entities that have the power to transform themselves every day as if they had their own will to take on life.
    1. kipate
      Author's Response
      Thank you Miguel, that's really nice to hear! And you are totally right! It was sometimes really hard not to build another perfectly designed garden here or there. Not to use curves, but to stick to the grid pattern. To use power lines ruining the view instead of saying that all the cables are underground. It's nice that you think that this approach pay off!

      By the way, what about your city projects? :)
  2. axel
    axel
    5/5,
    Thaml you thank you, I'm glad you enjoy them, I enjoy making them
  3. Inan
    Inan
    5/5,
    Excellent work, very exact execution of the transport system, road network and building complexes. Nothing was left to chance, you cared about the smallest details. Top notch as always! Of course there are some small imperfect things like the curvy power lines, or some different matter of taste like the incompatible greek church with the blue roof (at least have seen that somewhere...lol), the style of buildings in the suburbs. Also the greenery at the coast looks a bit boring to me, there could be located some fine park areas along the coast instead for example. But thats actually not worth mentioning, thanks for the top quality city! And now go and bring back Arenzano :-P
    1. kipate
      Author's Response
      Thank you Inan! I will reply in the discussion thread :)
  4. Project_Oz
    Project_Oz
    5/5,
    I've already said everything I like and what I don't like in the other pictures you posted, I just come here to give the well-deserved 5 stars and another star for the way you presented your city.
    I'm glad you finished the city and I hope to see many more from now one.
    1. kipate
      Author's Response
      You sound like a grumpy old man ;) Don't take it too seriously! Also, the city is not finished, there will be some more overviews! Just last weekend, I was able to finish some more parts around the water treatment plant :) It's just that it's sometimes hard to present every part of the city properly. So far, I added the history, and some overviews. This took me a day -.-
  5. Kitsunebi
    Kitsunebi
    5/5,
    First of all, I think it's amazing, that you really made the start of a CJ :D awesome! It was a good decision to build a city on a map like this and to make some cutbacks on details on every corner :)

    The history of the city really adds to the realism here. It's sad to read about people getting expelled, though, but I guess exactly that happened in real cities as well...

    The street pattern looks incredibly realistic and the placement of the buildings is superb! I also like how the bigger building complexes are situated.

    One little thing that you could easily clear up with a new picture: I got a little confused about the districts. Maybe you would like to give us an overview? :) besides: I can't wait for the updates!
    1. kipate
      Author's Response
      Hey Kitsunebi :) Thank you for the kind review! I just finished some Japanese sculpture park, marking the deep relationship between the city and its Japanese sister city. I just have to fill some more little gaps, then I can post an update with an overview.

      By the way, history is really dark there. I mean, Manitowoc was a sundown town, meaning that Black people had to stay outside of the town after sunset. And throughout the country, there have been several incidents in which a large number of Black people were chased off their property.
  6. Drazicdesign
    Drazicdesign
    5/5,
    My dear Kipate,
    As I have already written to you, the city that you present to us is a pure marvel!
    You've done a lot about this city, and I'm very excited about this one. The realism that emerges is breathtaking!

    Your road networks are excellent, well drawn, from the suburbs to the heart of the city, it seems so real!
    I like this bus lane that crosses your city right through, passing through bridges, tunnels, all technically and perfectly constructed.
    The layout of the railway is also exceptional. The way it crosses your city, serves your industrial port, and circles around the silos is splendid!

    Looking at your images, we can clearly see that the choice and placement of each building has been carefully executed. It's perfect!

    I also like your exhibition centre, which seems to be well established and well served! I think there will be a lot of detail to see around this one!

    I look forward to the sequel, I yearn to see the details.

    I congratulate you and it makes me very happy to see a city of yours!
    This alone makes me want to continue to make mods for Cities XXL, and especially to see more masterpieces like this achievement!

    EDIT:
    Hello community, to you who read me, if you liked this city journal, I invite you to rate it, it will always please the creator of the city!
    Go ahead, and write what you like! and participate in the life of the forum :)