Maria Eloisa Melendez Altieri, the mayor of the seaside resort city of Ponce, Puerto Rico, was in Washington this week to speak to officials about economic development. She spoke to VOA Thursday about the need for the federal government to deliver the funding it has promised to help the island recover. Veronica Balderas Iglesias has more.
Though born in Hawaii, raised in Indonesia, and educated in New York City, former President Barack Obama has adopted the city of Chicago, his wife’s birthplace, as his hometown. The South Side of Chicago, where he got his start in politics as a community organizer in the 1980s, is where he plans to build his Presidential Center. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is growing concern about the project despite its eventual economic benefits.