Daily Distraction: Read Mya Frazier in the NYT Magazine

The Columbus writer explores how extended-stay hotels and motels have become the last housing option for some low-income Americans. Plus, photos from Maddie McGarvey.

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
A screenshot from Mya Frazier's recent story in the New York Times Magazine.

Sunday's edition of the New York Times Magazine featured a brilliant story from local journalist Mya Frazier, who wrote a longform piece titled, "When No Landlord Will Rent to You, Where Do You Go?" Through in-depth reporting into the punitive credit reporting system and evocative scenes with those struggling to find long-term housing, Frazier, a 2020-21 Knight-Wallace reporting fellow at the University of Michigan and an occasional contributor to Alive sister publication Columbus Monthly, reveals how extended-stay hotels and motels have become the last housing option for thousands of low-income Americans, especially those with bad credit and evictions on their records, making it nearly impossible to find standard rental units. Spend some time with the feature here.

The story also features photos from Columbus-based photographer (and occasional Alive contributor) Maddie McGarvey, who spent time in Las Vegas with one of the story's main subjects, Suzy Niffenegger, a longtime resident of a hotel near the Strip called Siegel Select.