COQUI, COQUI, COQUI … “I think of el coquí as this iconic connector, as a bridge, as a transmitter, that shares a cultural identity that travels with the ways we depict it, with its sound,” Romero said.”
A report by Jesenia de Moya Correo for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
At the intersection of North Fifth Street and Lehigh Avenue, passersby now hear an unusual sound in their daily commutes, a cacophony typically shaped by street traffic, salsa music and birds singing. Now the loud and high-pitched mating call of the Puerto Rico native coquí frog emerges each afternoon from this urban landscape.
Luz Neida Crespo, a crossing guard at Huntingdon and Fifth Streets, said it was exciting to suddenly find herself listening to the frog’s call in the middle of the city. She said she had never heard thesounds of the frog in such an active environment.
“Listening to coquís, after all that traffic… That’s a good experience,” said Crespo, a Puerto Rican born and raised in Philadelphia’s Fairhill neighborhood.
The sounds — every 20 minutes or so, typically from 1 to 6 p.m. daily along a…
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