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  • Live at 6:30 p.m. - panel discussion with David Wanzer, Allison Bailey and Nathaniel Harding

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    The rebuilding of downtown Oklahoma City is far from being complete. But as I visit with readers and civic leaders, the question does pop up – how can we draw from the lessons of the past 20 years and apply them to other aging areas of our city? Can Oklahoma City look at all that […]

  • Finishing Touches at Carnegie Centre

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Several months have passed since the retail and commercial first floor and basement level of Carnegie Centre (the old downtown library) were finished out and leased. But driving by the building, it just always seemed to be missing something. And yeah, of course, it was the signage indicating what...

  • Amazing Changes Ahead for Film Row?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    Developers Mark Beffort and Andy Burnett are set to finally reveal their entire plan for development around the old Fred Jones plant at 900 W Main. Let’s review first what has already come out over recent weeks before we get to the full plans. First, keep in mind this development is not a done...

  • Yet Another Film Row Transformation Project

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    Try to keep up with me as I catch up with all the projects coming through on the next docket for the Downtown Design Review Committee on Thursday. The Better Business Bureau’s Oklahoma City operation has stood at 17 S Dewey for at least as long as I’ve worked at The Oklahoman. Twenty-five years...

  • More About the Pending First National Developer

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    One interesting story has popped up about developer Stephen Goodman following his interview yesterday – one that indicated his renovation of a historic Cleveland property was experiencing long delays and subject to litigation. I spoke to Goodman this morning about this story, and he said the...

  • The Music Ends at Urban Roots

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Deep Deuce lost something very special this week. I could go with the cheap and easy headline and point out that Urban Roots, the only black-owned business in the once historically black neighborhood of Deep Deuce closed its doors Saturday. But that’s too simple. What Oklahoma City has lost is a...

  • No Special Effort at Design for Core to Shore?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Proposed Best Western for Core to Shore   This week may offer up some of the most damning evidence yet that the months spent by members of the Core to Shore Task Force for almost a decade amounted to a lot of pretty renderings, massive public spending, but little connection to the realities...

  • Cayla Lewis to take over at 16th Street Plaza District

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    The Plaza District Association announced today Cayla Lewis, previously its community relations coordinator, will take over as its Executive Director. “We’re excited to bring Cayla on board,” said Plaza District Association Board President, Kristen Wilson. “We feel that Cayla has the expertise and...

  • No OKC Central Live Chat This Week - But I Do Have Updates

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Friday will be mostly a day where I will be preparing for my first ever 5k walk at Sunday’s National Memorial Marathon. I will, however, provide some quick updates to address questions that have been asked over the past few weeks. Bricktown Towers is Dead This one was actually born dead, though a...

  • Flooding on Park Avenue Where Project 180 Rebuilding is Underway

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Project 180 has had plenty of challenges over the past few years. Today, an apparent water main break is disrupting construction on the stretch of Park Avenue being rebuilt between Broadway and Robinson Avenue. Casey Cornett provided the following video: "Get some more beavers down here and build...

  • First Look: Bricktown Burgers to be Transformed into New Dominos Restaurant

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    A lot of folks were saddened as Dick Parr closed the doors at Bricktown Burgers in December. The restaurant was around for two decades and customers loved Dick’s fresh onion burgers and of course, they loved the man himself. But truth be told, the restaurant was worn out looks wise and was never...

  • Criticism and Memories

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Some readers have indicated they are less than thrilled with the proposed design for an eight-story building at the gateway to downtown at NW 5 and Harrison, while others are sharing memories of the neighborhood as it once was a long time ago. As reported earlier this week, the eight-story...

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