Morgan's Brain

May. 19, 2009 at 1:00am

City Hall Gets a New Neighbor

Following on the heels of Aladdin Bail Bonds, which opened at the corner of 9th & Market just over a year ago, Tacoma has yet another new bail bonds shop. You don't see too many new businesses opening these days, so this is noteworthy. It seems the bail bonds business is one of those few "recession proof" businesses - and a growing niche in downtown Tacoma. I'm not sure why they felt the need to locate RIGHT NEXT DOOR to city hall. Isn't the jail up the street a few blocks?

Somewhat ironically named, the property is registered to Tacoma-based, CITY OF DESTINY LLC.

What happened to the building's former tenants, the Tacoma Events Commission - producers of the Old Town 4th of July and Tall Ships - remains a mystery.

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by Erik on 5/18/2009 @ 11:14pm
Nice set of photos. Yes, the selling of bail bonds seems to the be the only booming business downtown.

by intacoma on 5/19/2009 @ 7:18am
The only positive thing is that the building isn't sitting empty and that those guys are in there 24/7 keeping an eye on the area

by intacoma on 5/19/2009 @ 7:19am
The more I think about it maybe this is what the helm could have done. Bail Bonds in the back, art in the front ;)

by fredo on 5/19/2009 @ 7:33am
A previous posting referred to Tacoma's emerging "International Bail Bonds" district. Morgan, your pictures prove it's happening!

by tommyllew on 5/19/2009 @ 4:40pm
Yeah, what the F@#$?

It pisses me off that our city leaders will move mountains for car museums and corporate headquarters and then just sit back and let downtown become bail bond central. Do they really think this makes sense? Can't they pass a bill that puts those kinds of businesses around the jail? Do we have to spread the disease of crime down into one of the true promising blocks of our city?

Every time I go downtown to the theater district--where the "renaissance" began--I now have to pass TWO bail bonds offices.

by NineInchNachos on 5/19/2009 @ 5:09pm
the international bailbonds district would make a good cartoon.

by Nick on 5/19/2009 @ 5:50pm

I hate to say it, but it's stuff like this that gives people outside Tacoma that "South 5" syndrome.

@intacoma so would that be like a retail mullet?

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/19/2009 @ 11:35pm
Well it's possible that City employees have been an underserved market.