Anika Singh Lemar Reflects on Broken Community Participation Processes in City Planning and Finding Equal Voice

Anika Singh Lemar (‘05), clinical professor at Yale Law School and a lawyer who represents developers of lower-income housing and fair housing advocates, was consulted for a New York Times piece highlighting the effect of swiftly-enacted pandemic-response measures in underscoring pre-pandemic inequities in city planning and community participation (“The Pandemic Has Pushed Aside City Planning Rules. But to Whose Benefit?” July 20). “It is inherently unequal. … The question is how do you design the process to push back on those inequalities. Saying we can just have a public meeting and that will take care of inequality is like saying, ‘I can just put a $500,000 house on the market, and anybody can bid on it.’”