Actually I was more thinking of Ur, Nineveh and Tyre, but sure if Rochester floats your boat that's fine. If you look at any period from the perspective of a hundred years in the future odds are pretty good that it looks a lot like societal collapse in much of the world. However you can almost always find a well-functioning civilization, as defined both by that Age's definition and the modern interpretation, somewhere in the world and often multiple places. I actually have family in Rochester, NY and they seem just fine. If society is collapsing there they are blissfully ignorant of the events.