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I'll Show You Mine: Los Angeles And Mexico City Mayors Meet, Compare Phone Apps

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti looks at the proposed "Regional Connector Transit Project" plan as he attends a federal grant signing ceremony in Los Angeles Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. The light rail public transit system in Los Angeles is getting $670 million to solve one of its most vexing design deficiencies: Train riders who want to travel from one side of downtown and out the other must transfer twice. The "regional connector," as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority calls it, will tie together three existing light rail lines with a new tunnel and three new stations. Major construction should begin later this year, with a cost estimated of $1.4 billion, to be opened in 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti looks at the proposed "Regional Connector Transit Project" plan as he attends a federal grant signing ceremony in Los Angeles Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. The light rail public transit system in Los Angeles is getting $670 million to solve one of its most vexing design deficiencies: Train riders who want to travel from one side of downtown and out the other must transfer twice. The "regional connector," as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority calls it, will tie together three existing light rail lines with a new tunnel and three new stations. Major construction should begin later this year, with a cost estimated of $1.4 billion, to be opened in 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

What do the mayors of gigantic cities do when they get together? According to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, "Compare apps."

Garcetti says that he and his Mexico City counterpart, Miguel Angel Mancera, spent their first few minutes together during a meeting this week comparing what mayoral duties they can perform using apps on their smartphones.

Mancera can tell air quality and locate road blockades and street protests in real time. Garcetti can photograph potholes and find an open parking space.

Who won the app war?

Garcetti calls it a draw. "He can't tell you where there are parking spaces, and I can't do air quality," Garcetti says.

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