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Plan To Cut Into Museum’s ”Rocky” Steps Draws Visitor Consternation

(Michelle Khatwani takes a photo of her husband and son at the top of the "Rocky" steps, in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

(Michelle Khatwani takes a photo of her husband and son at the top of the “Rocky” steps, in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by Mike DeNardo)

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By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Visitors to the Philadelphia Museum of Art are beginning to digest the idea of possibly putting a picture window in the museum’s famed “Rocky” steps.

That single proposal is the apparent lightning rod in architect Frank Gehry’s master plan for the art museum (see related story).

No way, says Michelle Khatwani of Austin, Tex. (at left in top photo).

“I think it would be sad, because we came here specifically for running up the stairs, because of the Rocky scene,” she told KYW Newsradio this morning.

And another visitor, Kelly Scaccia, asks, why mess with something that’s a pop culture destination?

“Coming from Detroit, we looked forward to seeing the steps.  And this is awesome.  If it were any different, it would just change the character of what we were expecting,” she said today.

But it’s still just an idea.  Any actual changes are many years, and many millions of dollars, away.

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