Hans and Virginia Gruenert wanted to start a theater company when they lived in New York City. That’s where you’d do something like that.
But Off the Wall Theater Co. was destined to be born in Western Pennsylvania when Mr. Gruenert’s work brought the couple here in 2007. And after five years in Washington, Pa., they found a better fit in Carnegie.
Their decision happened to mesh with the borough’s trajectory of late.
The economic doldrums that gripped the region for years didn’t miss Carnegie. Then in 2004, when Chartiers Creek overran the business district as a remnant of Hurricane Ivan, dozens of businesses were damaged and many did not return.