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  • Asking A Favor For A Friend

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    It’s no secret this was a tough week in the newsroom. One of the most talented folks I’ve been lucky enough to work with is Kyle Roberts, who until Wednesday was in our video department. Last summer he debuted his movie at the DeadCENTER Film Festival, and it was a great family film that delivers...

  • Saving What's Left

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Six years have passed since I first suggested a public discussion might be needed about what I saw as a new wave of demolition set to hit downtown. Every building I mentioned in that 2008 column as being in danger has either been destroyed, or after the vote Thursday by the Downtown Design Review...

  • 499 W Sheridan - Final Thoughts of the Day

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the lengthy discussion and debate that took place today as the Downtown Design Review Committee considered whether or not to allow demolition to occur to make way for the 499 W Sheridan tower development. What strikes me as I’ve had time to mull it over is the...

  • Competing Petitions Seek to Save/Destroy These Nine Buildings

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen corporate interests press so hard for public support for demolition of downtown properties as I’m seeing this week leading up to Thursday’s vote by the Downtown Design Review Committee on the fate of buildings on the block of Hudson and Main. The Mayor’s State of the...

  • What Could Have Been

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    Vintage 1920s Conoco station at NE 3 and Walnut Avenue, as shown in these photos I discovered over the weekend at the Oklahoma Historical Society’s website: As it appeared last month: And it’s gone. But don’t worry. The billboard just to the south is perfectly safe. To learn more, visit my...

  • Petition Supporting Demolition of Downtown Buildings

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    It’s no secret that Preservation Oklahoma has been circulating a petition to save nine buildings that Texas-based Hines wants to demolish to make way for a 27-story tower and two parking garages. Now we have word that Hines is circulating a petition as well – and those sharing the petition...

  • Special OKC Central Live Chat 10:30 a.m. Friday

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    From time to time on the weekly OKC Central Live Chats I get questions that are best posed to my colleagues, most notably retail reporter Brianna Bailey and energy reporters Adam Wilmoth, Paul Monies and Jay Marks. Thanks to a software format change, I will be doing the chat in the office, and...

  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Proposed Uptown 23rd Church

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    My Tuesday column has prompted quite a bit of discussion and questions about OKC Community Church wanting to buy a storefront immediately east of the Tower Theater. As I wrote, this move would stop the openings of any more bars like Grandad’s from opening within 300 feet of the church, and the...

  • A Twitter Case Study in Midtown

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    Quite the discussion took place Saturday night on Twitter over a decision by Brown’s Bakery in Midtown to tow vehicles parked in the bakery parking lot at night. The bakery is closed during the evening, so these vehicles are being parked by people patronizing nearby restaurants and bars. It...

  • Promises, Demolition and First National Center

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    Today’s story about First National Center being emptied out with no sale certain has people nervous. And despite there being no threat voiced or hinted at in terms of demolition, rumors are flying online that First National could be the next endangered building. Such fears are understandable,...

  • Will This Be the New Downtown OKC Skyline?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    I will never claim to be the best or even mediocre at various animation software programs – in fact this merge of the proposed Clayco towers with the proposed Hines tower is the result of some very crude manipulations using MS Paint. And yeah, I got lucky that these two renderings seemed to match...

  • Guest Post - Lisa Feist: Come one, come all to the first ever Christmas Crawl!

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    A few weeks ago I shared with readers that from time to time I will using my blog to help raise support and awareness for Foster Wishes, a non-profit that seeks to fulfill Christmas wish lists for foster kids and meet other needs of the state’s strained foster families. Today’s guest post is by...



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