- Most American cities which have undergone the cycle of growth, decline, and renewal hit rock bottom in the early to mid-1980s.
- Most cities which nadired in the early to mid-1980s began to experience growth in the early 2000s, or about 20 years after reaching their floor.
- Certain evidence points to Rochester's valley occurring in the early to mid-1990s. For example, McCurdy's and Forman's closed in 1994. Wegmans closed its downtown branch at about the same time. In fact, Midtown Plaza didn't formally close until 2008.
- If Rochester's low point did in fact occur in the early to mid-1990s, we would expect that its awakening should be beginning basically now.
A look around downtown might suggest that we're right on track.