Richardson's City Council has withstood the opposition to new apartments, but only to a point. Even the Richardson City Council won't address the elephant in the room — the lack of low-income housing. The result: restaurants in booming developments like CityLine are having trouble finding workers. Those employed at, say, State Farm and Raytheon can afford to live in all the new upscale apartments at CityLine. Those employed in CityLine's restaurants cannot.
In an article in The Dallas Morning News, Jill Cowan provides the ugly numbers.
That's a problem, not just for the low-income workers. It's a problem for the restaurants that depend on low-income workers. That makes it a problem for the businesses whose employees eat in those restaurants. Anything that stifles the businesses in a city is a problem for the homeowners who benefit from the taxes paid by all those businesses. That's me. Call it self interest. That's just one reason why I say Richardson needs more low-income housing.The average leisure and hospitality worker in Collin County, the heart of the region’s corporate boom, made roughly $22,400 last year, federal data show. That worker can comfortably afford a maximum rent of $560.
Median rent in Dallas County was $907 in 2015, an increase of 9 percent from 2010, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data. In Collin County, median rent was $1,119 in 2015, up by 15.6 percent. That makes it all but impossible for restaurant employees to live anywhere near their work.
Source: The Dallas Morning News.