The world has shrunk, and in no small measure because of Boeing. The company helped early Seattle by firing up its economic engine, shaping its politics and laying the foundation for a strong middle class. Now, having become a global player and facing competition more fierce than it has ever been, the aerospace titan is looking literally around the world for cheaper labor and willing partners. And we are left to question both our relationship with the company and, to some degree, our very identity as a region.
Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times