Oakland sees the city of the future as "one huge Utopian park."
"People could walk or bicycle without being accosted with smoke and smog," he says. "It would mean much less noise and a lot more greenery."
More green money, too, but it would be worth it.
THE VILLAIN IS A HERO
In his search for an honest man, Diogenes might just as well have added another quarry to his hunt—someone who would say a kind word for crab-grass, that noxious destroyer of lawns. Such a figure has now sprouted in the person of Jay Kirsh, Temple University groundkeeper who encourages the growth of crabgrass on Geasey Field, where Temple teams practice.
"We took a detested weed and put it to work for us," says Kirsh. "If we grew regular grass, either by seeding or sodding, the middle of the field would be eaten up in the fall when 200 athletes begin practicing on it daily.
"So what we do is nothing. We just water the field and let the crabgrass grow naturally."
If Geasey Field were sodded, Kirsh estimates, it would cost Temple about $2,000 for the 1,700 square feet of sod that would be required and about $300 for labor. And it would be an annual expense.
"If the athletes get too strenuous and wear out the field now," he says, "we may have to call on the people of Philadelphia to bring in their crabgrass clippings. You can't buy crabgrass seed."
The California Angels have invited Vice-President Spiro Agnew to throw out the first ball at a "special" night on Aug. 6. The thing that's special about it is that it will be Helmet Night in Anaheim Stadium.