When I think about the central kernal of what Seattle is, I think about technology seamlessly integrated into life. And that can be seen in small things, like being named "The Smartest City in America" due to the highest number of graduate degrees and levels per capita. Or the amount of innovators working on Green Living solutions that can be profitiable enough to involve the mainstream business world.
Compared to those, publically accessable WiFi might seem unimportant, but think about...being able to work in numerous public locations, or use your computer to work or communicate while watching your children play in the park, or even just stopping off quickly to get on the net for some essential bit of business during a busy traveling day. It's the approaching future, and it's here now in Seattle.
The following parks and downtown locations have WiFi: Freeway, Occidental, Westlake, and Victor Steinbrueck Park, and it's also in the Plaza at City Hall. Users should log in using seattlewifi as their link.