Members of Peter’s family have lived in these immediate South Philadelphia neighborhoods for over 100 years. He attributes his love of art and nature to members of his Italian family who created meaningful relationships among the sciences of the world and the human creations within it. Peter graduated from Saint Nicholas of Tolentine School and St. Joseph’s Prep school. He attended Temple University for college and graduate school, studying psychology and sociology. Peter learned that community has the power to be the most resilient social form through living among lesbian/gay and transgendered folk in the 1980s and 90’s. Peter has been involved in community arboriculture for almost twenty year, guiding young people in community tree plantings in both University City and South Philadelphia. “A wise old mad told me that you don’t plant a tree to make the world beautiful, you plant a tree because you are beautiful!” Peter has been a member of the Columbus Square advisory board for 15 years, and has planted trees in and around the vicinity of our park for all that time. He is most rewarded by the daily appreciation that neighbors express in the work that he has done in making the park a discovery garden for all ages. Peter has been an active participant in The Passyunk Square Civic Association since its inception in 2004, leading tree planting events for many years and more recently coordinating the Christmas Tree recycling program. He has consulted with many neighbors on issues involving city trees.
Peter is most interested in celebrating urban neighborhoods as the most sustainable and rewarding way to live an authentic life. “We must cherish public space as the time honored location of a community’s expression of a shared sense of identity.”
Peter works as a nurse in the Emergency Department at Pennsylvania Hospital. He was named one of the top 25 Difference Makers in The South Philadelphia Review’s inaugural endeavor in 2010.