Clarke and Nutter BFFs?

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, center, is sworn in for his second term by the Honorable Theodore McKee, right, as Nutter's wife, Lisa, second from right looks on. New City Council President Darrell Clarke is left. (Charles Fox / Staff Photographer)

Since Darrell Clarke became City Council President this year, everyone has been wondering how he and Mayor Nutter would get along. Clarke, after all, was a protege of Mayor Street, and the old mayor and the new one don't exactly get along.

At the official groundbreaking for Dilworth Plaza Monday, Clarke took pains to let everyone know that he and Mayor Nutter are doing just fine.

"I've been trying to show in a very public way that we are working together," Clarke told about 150 people gathered in an office building across the street from Dilworth. He and the mayor then shook hands.

Was it real? Will it last? Are they best friends, frenemies or something in between? It seemed to Heard in the Hall that both men are at least making an effort.




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