The pattern has a few definite regularities. The center column of cells is repetitive, alternating between black and white on successive steps. And in all cases black cells appear only in blocks that are an odd number of cells wide. (Any block in rule 73 consisting of an even number of black cells will evolve to a structure that remains fixed forever, as mentioned on page 954.) The more complicated central region of the pattern grows 4 cells every 7 steps; the outer region consists of blocks that are 12 cells wide and repeat every 3 steps.