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  • Jabee - Definitely in the Right Direction

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    I really hope everyone gives a listen to the above and below music videos by local, Emmy-winning musician and artist Jabee. I don’t pretend to be an expert on hip-hop and rap. Over the years I’ve learned to explore unfamiliar art, cultures, food, music and experiences. This means taking my family...

  • OKC Central Live Chat 10:30 a.m. Today

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    We return back to the normal OKC Central Live Chat today. No guests. Fairly open schedule (though I don’t want it drag on for three hours!). Comments and questions can start posting at NewsOK at 10 a.m., the chat starts 10:30 a.m. My plan at this point is to do the chat at my “office” […]

  • Full Length Video of the Wheeler District Charrette Presentation

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    NewsOK Video Director went above and beyond the call of duty on Wednesday assisting me in reporting on the Wheeler District charrette that ended on Wednesday. I still have a lot of observations and thoughts about what transpired, but I’m not quite ready yet to put into it all into writing. For...

  • A Closer Look at the Rock Island Plow Building

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Renovations are well underway at the Rock Island Plow Building at Reno and Oklahoma Avenues in Bricktown. The building stood boarded up for 30 years before Richard McKown and architect Wade Scaramucci took on the task of redeveloping it into offices. I enjoyed catching up with Wade this week,...

  • Purchase Offers Are in For First National Center

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Today, July 17, 2014, was the day the development community has awaited for months. First National Center, built over three phases with the tower built in 1931,cursed in recent yearswith a series of out-of-state owners who did little but make matters worse with either a poor misunderstanding of...

  • Saying Goodbye to Scottye Montgomery

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Tonight as I review the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting of the Downtown Design Review Committee, I am reminded that our city has lost yet another person who, while not well known, contributed quite a bit to the downtown renaissance. It’s hard to believe Scottye Montgomery passed away two weeks ago,...

  • The Passing of Shannon Self

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Shannon Self isn’t a name recognized as quickly as Larry Nichols, Tom Ward or Aubrey McClendon. Even among major real estate players, Self was mostly known in the industry, but rarely among average residents. But Self, who died last week, was a big player who for the most part avoided publicity....

  • Changing Leadership at IAO Gallery

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Kendall Brown, who has served as Executive Director of the Individual Artists of Oklahoma for the past two years, has been offered a new position working for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. “Kendall’s passion and enthusiasm for IAO will be missed,” IAO Board President Julie Oseland said. “She...

  • Midtown Garage - A Design Refresher

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Architectural accents are being installed this week on the new Midtown Garage being built on NW 10 between Robinson Avenue and Broadway. With all the development taking place downtown, this project has not attracted a lot of attention. But this is another project by architect Bryan Fitzsimmons,...

  • A Question of Trash at the Proposed Springhill Suites

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Atul Patel fared far better in pitching his plans for a Springhill Suites hotel as designed above for Bricktown in comparison to a previous design that was protested last year by residents in Deep Deuce. But while the Bricktown Urban Design Committee was generally very complimentary of the new...

  • OKC Central Live Chat Returns with a Special Guest

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Cathy O’Connor knows far more than I do about what’s going on, and what’s about to take place downtown. She’s president of The Alliance for the Economic Development of Oklahoma City and director of the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority. She is the go-to person on every major development...

  • Downtown Street Life

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    When I look at Robinson Avenue these days, I see a street that will be alive. And I see, of course, the future home of The Oklahoman. Now we’re getting a better glimpse of what the street will look like. First, an application with the Downtown Design Review Committee indicates that three...

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