Falcogasse soon???


That’s what I heard from any native I talked to after telling them that Ziegelöfengasse in the Fifth District would soon be Falcogasse. It is not definite yet. And I doubt that it will ever happen. I am not sure if the signatures plus the list of prominent people who spoke out to have a Falcogasse would be granted. Take the former mayor of Vienna Helmut Zilk for example. Initiated by Alex Nausner of the 88.6 radio station, he and the supporters think that Falcostiege is not enough to pay an hommage to Austria’s first-ever successful pop musician.

Falco was successful, talented, and just like every artist who got trapped due to a mix of fame/self-doubt/bad friends/money ended deadly.

They said he was a music genius, a Wunderkind like his family, friends, colleagues and fans declared. Maybe he was also one of the “great” musicians Austria has ever had. So why not a street to remember him. But is it really worth it to rename Ziegelöfengasse (since 1862, it was Piaristengasse as the private Catholic school Piaristen is located there, renamed due to a once-standing brick kiln, Ziegelöfen in German) Falcogasse?


What do you think?

Yay or Nay?

3 Comments so far

  1. johannes (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 6:33 pm

    at the moment there are only embarrassing falcostiegen (falcostairs)… we did a short video about these awfully mediocre stairs for bbtv… brrrr…

  2. kazmac (unregistered) on February 21st, 2008 @ 8:50 pm

    Yeah, why not name a street after Falco. I agree that the ‘Falcostiege’ aren’t much of a tribute….
    Falco fan – England

  3. melancolia (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 1:47 am

    the Rathaus is willing to give Falco a street but renaming an established street like Ziegelöfengasse, where Falco was born, is not really the No. 1 priority.

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