Mayors make wager over game

    Traditionally during championship sporting events, opposing city leaders will make friendly bets on who will win.

    Traditionally during championship sporting events, opposing city leaders will make friendly bets on who will win. This year, Cardinal Justin Rigali of the Philadelphia Catholic Diocese has wagered Philly cheesesteaks against the Archbishop of New York, who put up bagels. But the mayors of the two cities have a different kind of wager altogether.

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    Mayor Nutter’s bet with Mayor Bloomberg in New York involves public art. If the Yankees win, Nutter will go to the Bronx and participate in a painting project at a public school. If the Phillies win, Bloomberg will come to Philadelphia to work on a Mural Arts Project at a city recreation center. Mural Arts Project Director Jane Golden.

    Golden: I want to commend Nutter for thinking outside the box, not just thinking about something that is cliche or stereotypical like food, but thinking about transforming neighborhoods and beautification.

    As a result of the Phillies Pennant win earlier in the post-season, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaragosa will come to Philadelphia at some point to work on a Habitat for Humanity project. He’ll bring along Hollywood’s famous Pink’s Hot Dogs for the volunteers.

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