Jeramey Jannene

It’s Official, Fonz Funding Complete

By - Jan 25th, 2008 01:18 pm
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Milwaukee is the talk of the internet today, as the major news outlets announce the Fonz statue to the world.  Visit Milwaukee has officially raised the $85,000 needed to build the statue.

I’ve been in support of the statue since I first learned of it because it encourages visitors (who come to Milwaukee for completely unrelated reasons) to stay downtown, walk downtown, and spend their money downtown. One more thing for Milwaukee visitors to do.

The best part of the entire thing is that Henry Winkler and company held a press conference to announce the completed funding in front of the Culver’s at the Shops of Grand Avenue. Couldn’t they find a slightly better location?

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4 thoughts on “It’s Official, Fonz Funding Complete”

  1. Mike Rohde says:

    I’m glad to hear this is happening, and can’t understand why art gallerie owners have threatened to leave over a bronze Fonzie statue along the river.

    Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley are part of Milwaukee’s history, whether we like it or not, and for many people those shows carry fond memories with them. So it’s a little goofy and kitschy, why can’t we laugh a little at ourselves now and then. Why can’t Milwaukee have a little fun and enjoy some positive attention for a change?

    Milwaukee is a diverse city, and has room for Fonzie statues and high-end art galleries, custard stands and 5 star fusion restaurants. Why can’t we have both?

    I predict that statue will be a positive thing for the city in years to come, and draw people to the area, who will then discover restaurants, bars, and art galleries in the area they may never have known about if not for a bronze Fonzie.

    Ayyyyyyyy! 🙂

  2. Jim Hostet says:

    HaHa – I wonder how long Henry Winkler stayed in Milwaukee? An hour? Two tops?
    And what does this have to do with art anyways -I mean, had it not been put forward as an art project, maybe would have stayed in the realm of beer & brats where it belongs? I figure you guys are too dense to get it anyways – isnt this site little more than spam to drum up advertisers??

  3. @Jim – Yeah, I don’t know how long he stayed.

    It has to do with art because it’s a public statue in a major pedestrian area.

    I don’t know that it has a single thing to do with beer or brats, nor how it would have “stayed in the realm” of those things.

    Too dense to get what?

    Yes, this site is a little more than spam. It’s an open dialog on the issues and events that affect urban living in Milwaukee. The Journal Sentinel and company cover the entire area, we’re only focused on the most urban areas and what’s going on in them. Sure we might not break any stories on our own, but we provide a service as a filter for residents who are only interested in reading urban news (and discussing it).

    Do we still want to make a profit? Well yes, but we think we can do that by having advertising and paid-reviews that are relevant to consumers and have value (the job board). If we can’t do that, I invite anyone to call us out on it.

    Thanks for visiting.

    -Jeramey Jannene-
    President – Fresh Coast Ventures, LLC

  4. Dave Raus says:

    Jim – of course this site is more than spam. You’ve obviously never seen a real spam site. This is one of the most succinct and timely dialogues on milwaukee development on there.

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