The cohort cities will test the learnings from New York against and within their own experiences. While other cities are not as dense or rich or populated as New York, their religious institutions face similar pressures of declining memberships, deferred maintenance, and being over built. What New York congregations have done is to experiment. Former Mayor Ed Koch often said, "New York is the place where other communities go to rehearse." We have learned a little in rehearsal and are ready to take the show on the road.