War work again brought local prosperity during World War II, this time centered on Boeing aircraft. The war dispersed the city's numerous Japanese-American businessmen due to the Japanese American internment . After the war, the local economy dipped. It rose again with Boeing's growing dominance in the commercial airliner market.  Seattle celebrated its restored prosperity and made a bid for world recognition with the Century 21 Exposition , the 1962 World's Fair .  Another major local economic downturn was in the late 1960s and early 1970s, at a time when Boeing was heavily affected by the oil crises , loss of Government contracts, and costs and delays associated with the Boeing 747 . Many people left the area to look for work elsewhere, and two local real estate agents put up a billboard reading "Will the last person leaving Seattle – Turn out the lights." 
The question is refreshing in its directness, for, in truth, it is asking what every college admissions essay asks -- How will you "enrich our community?" Colleges want more than students with good grades and high test scores; they also want students who will contribute to campus life in a positive way. Before you write your essay or take part in a college interview, you'd be wise to figure out your own answer to the question. What is it that you will contribute? Why will the college be a better place because of your presence? Think about your hobbies, your sense of humor, your quirks, your academic passions... all of the features that make you you .
Welty said that her interest in the relationships between individuals and their communities stems from her natural abilities as an observer.  Perhaps the best examples can be found within the short stories in A Curtain of Green . "Why I Live at the ." comically illustrates the conflict between Sister and her immediate community, her family. This particular story uses lack of proper communication to highlight the underlying theme of the paradox of human connection. Another example is Miss Eckhart of The Golden Apples, who is considered an outsider in her town. Welty shows that this piano teacher’s independent lifestyle allows her to follow her passions, but also highlights Miss Eckhart's longing to start a family and to be seen by the community as someone who belongs in Morgana.  Her stories are often characterized by the struggle to retain identity while keeping community relationships.