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    Proposal to redesign ‘Rocky’ steps would affect a city icon

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    Rocky impersonator John Monforto runs up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Emma Lee/for NewsWorks)

    Rocky impersonator John Monforto runs up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Emma Lee/for NewsWorks)

    The hallowed steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art became most known nearly 40 years ago for their central role in “Rocky.” 

     

    Years later, fans from across the globe still venture here to make the trek up the steps and celebrate in triumph once they get to the top–but one proposal for a redesigned space beneath the steps could put them in jeopardy.

    NewsWorks Tonight producer Shai Ben-Yaacov spoke with Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Michael Vitez, author of the book “Rocky Stories” about the steps’ place in Philadelphia culture.  Vitez weighed in on the proposal this weekend.

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