THE CRIME MALL
THE CRIME MALL
136th Street East & 122nd Avenue East
It’s not on the metroplex tours, but everyone working the Seattle shadows should know about the Crime Mall. It’s like a monument to the maxim “the street finds its own uses for things.” The three-story mall on the outskirts of Puyallup was closed down after the Crash of ’29 wiped out the management company (and quite a few of the businesses leasing there). About a year later, the mall “reopened” as a bazaar of black market merchants selling everything from weapons and illegal chips to electronics, talismans, and contraband.
The Crime Mall has grown over the years to become a one-stop black-market shopping center with dozens of merchants. Lone Star varied between working to shut them down and taking their protection money (sometimes both at once) but efforts to close the Crime
Mall never lasted for long; the business opportunity is just too good, and for every merchant who gets chased out, arrested, or killed off, another moves in and sets up shop. The situation with Knight Errant seems largely the same, especially since the Crime Mall is not at the top of the Knights’ priority list.
In recent years an informal “merchants association” of sorts has sprung up, with members contributing some of their profits to upgrade the mall’s early-warning systems in case of police raids, fix some failing infrastructure, and so forth.