Unfortunately, our requests for comment to the construction business have gone unanswered so far. A cloak of secrecy seems to surround the construction industry operating at Asphyxiation Point. And so your friendly neighborhood reporter finally decided to jump the official channels and go straight to the field. What follows is a brief summary of what I learned by talking to the engineers and laborers on the ground.
So first... The good news ! Turns out that the Real Estate market in Asphyxiation Point is booming right now. The record influx of tourists this summer has driven property prices through the roof. Existing businesses are reaping the benefits of an extremely good tourist season and most of the construction has actually been remodeling to provide better services, better facilities to the ever increasing tourist population.
Fortunately, the sudden increase in the number of houses does not seem to have put a strain on city infrastructure either. With most folks preferring to walk or bike in the lovely weather, cars haven't really been a concern. Concerns about water contamination via the storm drains running under the town have proven unfounded so far as well.
While buildings are by no means in danger of collapsing, concerns of mold and rot have prompted more than one major renovation project around town. In some cases, businesses decided to downsize to cut down on labor and material cost. Of course, almost every renovation has been also accompanied with newer and better facilities such as the Dew Drop Inn pictured below. Smaller... but newer and better.
Reported by John Doe