Steps such as these are generally referred to as “stoops.”
Now, what’s interesting is how steps and stoops, which in this case are one in the same, can have not only such different connotations, but can actually refer to very different things.
For instance, the collective steps is generally positive: Baby’s first steps, taking steps, following in someone’s footsteps, the Twelve Steps of AA….etc etc.
Stoop, on the other hand, is about taking the low road. as in
Ray (below) has a toy raptor, which doesn’t fly although it does waddle around making a weird noise.
Here at our building (the one below) neighbors used to sit on the stoop in nice weather and people watch. Recently, however, there has been a power struggle among the shareholders.
Some neighbors have accused other neighbors of stooping to…well, it doesn’t matter except to point out that these neighbors would like the Coop Board to take steps to have them punished.
Everyone knows the expression good fences make good neighbors. I have suggested that the building replace it’s rusty fence here at the foot of the stoop with a stockade. Maybe something in wrought iron that will fit in with the surroundings.