Updated February 21, 2018 11:43 AM
Patti Sue Kirkey makes decent money with periodic raises, as a project manager for a mortgage company.
But her salary no longer provides the means necessary to keep living in Fort Worth’s historic Fairmount neighborhood. Unable to find a home for under $200,000 in Fairmount, Kirkey has instead moved to east Fort Worth’s Meadowbrook area, where a few weeks ago she bought a 1953 mid-century modern house for $167,000.
Kirkey’s experience illustrates an unfortunate reality in North Texas. By and large, wages are not increasing fast enough for residents to keep pace with the cost of housing. Kirkey loves her new house and east Fort Worth neighborhood. But her experience in Fairmount, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods just southwest of downtown, didn’t end well.