Maybe it was the angle of the sun, but the stairs looked nicely lit and open at the time I took the photo. even with all the scaffolding. I suspect the stairs will be alright in the end. I envision people sitting on the stairs on nice days having their coffee, etc.. It would be nicer if they were wider, but hey, I'll take the fact that there are stairs and as courtyard to begin with for the win.
They feel narrower because the original rendering have the eastern corner of level 2 cut back. Just didn't work out with the structure or the inside space, so it was boxed-out conventionally. The tarps aren't doing it any favors either, but there are huge panes of curtain wall there as well.
another thing to note, i was poking around on HonestDoor the other day and noticed that the rest of this block (to the east) has been bought up over the last year or so. RNDSQR possibly planning another one? as one of those buildings is their show suite house.