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  • Good Demolitions

    Steve Lackmeyer | Yesterday

    Demolition has started on two eyesores - the rusted old portable classroom in front of Emerson School in Midtown and the former Body Works Collision Center in Bricktown. Both demolitions will lead to vastly improved viewscapes at key corridors for the two districts. Emerson is a jewel of a...

  • Meeting U.S. Surgeon General and learning what I can do about addiction

    Meeting U.S. Surgeon General and learning what... Mercy Adhiambo | Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    On Monday, I met U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. It was not our first encounter. I had listened to him address journalists and medics at a health conference in Cleveland a few days before I came to Oklahoma last month. This time it was different.  He walked toward me in...

  • Next for the Oklahoma River: Looking Ahead to Wheeler

    Next for the Oklahoma River: Looking Ahead to... Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Mon, May 16, 2016

    The opening of RiverSport Rapids, and the start of introducing the various attractions along the Oklahoma River as RiverSport Adventures, are getting off to a good start. Excitement, meanwhile, is building over another anticipated  hot spot along the south shore of the river at Western...

  • I don’t know about journalism in Africa – but I know my journalism

    Mercy Adhiambo | Updated: Thu, May 12, 2016

    In my apartment, I have pushed the bed so close to the window that I always notice the first rays of sunlight sneaking in through the blinds. When the day breaks, I rise to take a lazy walk around downtown Oklahoma City and beyond. There is always a group of people running or jogging, delivery...

  • The people of Oklahoma, and the stories they tell

    The people of Oklahoma, and the stories they tell By Mercy Adhiambo | Updated: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Three weeks ago, my flight touched down at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City at exactly 12.43 a.m.  I was coming from a health journalism conference in Cleveland, Ohio, and it took close to eight hours to connect between the two cities – almost the same time I had spent on my...

  • What is Urban Land Institute Oklahoma?

    What is Urban Land Institute Oklahoma? Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    As I continue to blog and tweet about the #ULIOKtravels trip to Bentonville, Arkansas, I am reminded that not everyone is up to date on ULI, it's history, and how it has influenced development through the OKC metro. ULI traces its roots to 1936 with the formation of the National Real Estate...

  • Do We Want a Neighborhood Walmart Grocery in Downtown Oklahoma City?

    Do We Want a Neighborhood Walmart Grocery in... Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

      (Urban Walmart in Washington, D.C., courtesy of the Urban Land Institute) I am not a fan of Walmart. I am not a fan of the wages they pay their employees. I am not a fan of how the company has hurt small town retailers over the years. I am not a fan of how the company squeezes every...

  • #ULIOKtravels - Bentonville, Arkansas

    #ULIOKtravels - Bentonville, Arkansas Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    (The 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville is the only location for the chain that is not in a historical building. Each location comes with an outdoor piece of public art (in Arkansas, it's very much about basketball). Once a year I am fortunate enough to join some of the city's most innovative,...

  • How to Fund Several Teacher Salaries and Improve the Urban Core

    How to Fund Several Teacher Salaries and... Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    I've witnessed plans for a new Oklahoma City Public School headquarters morph several times with each change of superintendents, from the Journal Record Building (now the Heritage Building) to the old Central High (now OCU Law School) and then to a former bank building (last home to Claim...

  • See early day commercial for Festival of the Arts at Civic Center Park

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    The Festival of the Arts returns to its historic home next week in what is now known as Bicentennial Park (for me it will always be Civic Center Park) between the Civic Center Music Hall and City Hall. It's pretty fun to think that the return home coincides with the festival's 50th anniversary....

  • Background on the Proposed Five-Story Development on Broadway

    Background on the Proposed Five-Story... Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Sun, Mar 20, 2016

    One of my ongoing tasks in tracking downtown development is to figure out what is real, what is likely to happen, and what is only being contemplated. Such is the case with Broadway Place, which is proposed for 1122 N Broadway. For the past half century, the corner has been home to a gas station...

  • Revisiting the "lost city"

    Revisiting the Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Sun, Mar 20, 2016

    A couple of years ago The Oklahoman switched from Word Press to an internal blogging platform to improve functions in the world of NewsOK. As a result we have a much better blogging module, but the downside was it killed the great conversations by switching to Facebook comments (which ended up...



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