In the area of the Casa de la Tradiciones, these steps have historic significance and are sometimes used for outdoor performances. The area seems to be getting something of a face lift, with people renovating houses, perhaps for casas particulares.
An interesting part of the street made up of 52 steps that lead to the Tivoli neighborhood. Here you can see locals socializing with each other, drinking coffee or playing a game of domino's or chess. Go check it out and walk up and down the famous steps that were constructed in 1899!