Peter Tatian

Peter A. Tatian is a Senior Research Associate in the Urban Institute's Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center. Mr. Tatian's areas of interest include housing policy, neighborhood indicators, and community development. He is one of the key staff on the Institute's National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, which makes use of local data to promote community building activities in over thirty US cities, and is currently leading the Institute's NeighborhoodInfo DC partnership, a neighborhood data system and civic engagement tool for the District of Columbia. He is also directing the Urban Institute's evaluation of NeighborWorks® America's National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling program, which provides counseling services to homeowners facing foreclosure. Mr. Tatian co-directed the Neighborhood Change Data Base project, which brought together comparable neighborhood-level indicators from the 1970 to 2000 Decennial Censuses. In 2005, he co-wrote a study on the neighborhood impacts of community development strategies in Richmond, Virginia. He has also done research for HUD on the impacts of public and supportive housing on neighborhoods, and has worked on housing policy reform in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.


A preservation strategy will help DC meet affordable housing needs

By Peter Tatian  ::  March 2nd, 2015

                                     Washington, DC is one of the most expensive places in the country to live. As many low-income residents continue to face challenges in finding affordable housing, the new city administration, led by Mayor Muriel Bowser, has emphasized the necessity of preserving existing affordable housing and building new affordable units to help meet those needs. […]

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Housing - and visualizing - DC's booming population

By Peter Tatian  ::  October 7th, 2014

In the third chapter of the Urban Institute’s series on the population boom currently underway in the nation’s capital, we turn to housing. Washington, DC has added more than 74,000 residents since 2000. As the map of new residential development below illustrates, thousands of properties in every section of the city have been built or […]

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Improving seniors’ lives with new technology

By Peter Tatian  ::  April 10th, 2014

    Aging populations in the United States, Japan, and many other countries will need future support and services that current public programs may not be equipped to handle. In Japan, where seniors are expected to reach almost 40 percent of the population by 2050, new technology is helping the country address the challenges of […]

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What can we learn from the demographics of DC’s unique voting precincts?

By Rob Pitingolo and Peter Tatian  ::  March 31st, 2014

Tomorrow, District of Columbia residents will go to the polls to vote in this year’s primary election. Voters will decide which candidates will represent their party for Mayor, at-large Councilmember and, in some places, Ward Councilmember, among others, in November’s general election. As results begin to roll in on Tuesday evening, many will wonder how […]

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Is Rent Control Good Policy?

By Peter Tatian  ::  January 2nd, 2013

The U.S. rental housing market has come under increasing strain recently. As homeowners with unsustainable mortgages have to leave their homes and fewer homebuyers are able to qualify for new mortgages, more people are looking for places to rent. As a result, rental vacancy rates have fallen from 11.1 percent in the third quarter of […]

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By Peter Tatian  ::  August 4th, 2011

In a recent Housing Complex post, Washington City Paper reporter Lydia DePillis discusses whether people who opposed a women’s shelter in Anacostia or a school for at-risk youth in Truxton Circle should be offended by being called “NIMBYs.” Anyone who works in community development knows that NIMBY, short for “not in my backyard,”  often refers […]

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Demographic Change in Washington, D.C.: Taking the Long View

By Peter Tatian  ::  March 29th, 2011

The recently released Census 2010 data show quite clearly how the past decade has reshaped the District of Columbia. For the first time in about half a century, the city’s population is growing. During the boom of the 2000s, new housing, particularly high-rise condos, sprang up in the city’s downtown and along its waterfront. Investors […]

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