Steve's family came to town in 1977 when his father led construction of the Sheraton Century Center Hotel. He roamed the brand new corridors of the Conncourse tunnels (now The Underground). He saw the final last gasp of the old downtown and witnessed the destruction of the 26-story Biltmore Hotel. He spent his teenage years watching construction of the Myriad Gardens and a new skyline including Mid-America (home to Continental Resources), Oklahoma and Corporate Towers, and Leadership Square.
Steve was once referred to as a “downtown partisan” by The Oklahoman's real estate editor Richard Mize. It's a beat Steve enjoys, and his column, "OKC Central," can be read every Tuesday in The Oklahoman’s business section. Lackmeyer also hosts the downtown blog "OKC Central." He is also author of four books about downtown’s history, “OKC Second Time Around,” “Skirvin,” “Operation Scissortail” and “Cornerstone” (all co-authored by Jack Money) and "Bricktown." Lackmeyer also authored "Foraging in Oklahoma," a travelogue and recipe book about produce found at Oklahoma farms and ranches.
Steve is a frequent speaker on downtown development and history, with appearances on television stations OETA, KWTV, KSBI, radio stations KTOK, KGOU, KOSU, WKY and KOKC, local Rotary and Lion’s clubs, and the 2010 National Main Streets Conference. In 2014 Steve was awarded the President’s Award from Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. at its annual Dean A. McGee Awards in recognition of his coverage of downtown and its history.
By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writerslackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015
A list of old buildings saved compiled by Steve Lackmeyer, of The Oklahoman, shows there is hope for preservationists trying to save historic buildings in Oklahoma City.
By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015
Steve Lackmeyer: Districts, when the brands make sense and the purpose is well defined, can add to Oklahoma City downtown’s sense of place and appeal. But having too many districts can confuse visitors, diminish the quality of all the districts, and turn such branding into a joke.
By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writerslackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015
The Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City is one of six finalists for the Urban Land Institute's prestigious Urban Open Space Award.
By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015
After five years, the restaurant and music venue Urban Roots is shutting down.
By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015
A transformation of the 700 block of W Sheridan in Oklahoma City into restaurants, offices and retail from “skid row” into the popular Film Row is nearly complete, and development yet to be announced will likely go west and connect with the Fred Jones Assembly Plant block.
By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015
BancFirst Chairman Gene Rainbolt‘s biography ‘Out of The Dust’ details critical times in Oklahoma history.
By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President Roy Williams said no communication took place with affected groups previous to a bill on open carry of guns being passed by both houses of the Oklahoma Legislature. The bill was vetoed by the governor, but its passage could have jeopardized millions of dollars in contracts in the Oklahoma City-metro area with events such as the Women’s College Softball World Series, NCAA wrestling, baseball and basketball tournaments, Olympic rowing trials, the FFA convention and national horse shows at State Fair Park.
BY STEVE LACKMEYER, Business Writer | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015
When it comes to Oklahoma City’s and Seattle’s rivalry, it’s just business.
By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015
Oklahoman business writer Steve Lackmeyer’s participation in this year’s Oklahoma City National Memorial Marathon was another big step in recovering from April 19, 1995.
By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015
Contradictions in rulings from the Downtown Design Review Committee have some people shaking their heads.
By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015
“Oklahoma City: The Boom, the Bust and the Bomb” opens Friday at Harkins Theater downtown.
By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 31, 2015
The abstract work at NW 29 and Paseo is dedicated to John Belt, Paseo district advocate, who died in 2013.
By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015
The first big battle over a digital video billboard proposed for Bricktown ended in a loss for Fred Mazaheri, who sought to place the sign on the west side of his garage.
By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015
Traveling on foot boosts health, community connections on Oklahoma City.
By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015
Conflicting evidence reported that the newspaper launched in 1894.
By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015
South downtown Oklahoma City has more than $1.5 billion in construction projects involving streets, a convention center, towers and more planned in the next five years.
By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 11, 2015
A vote on that appeal next month by Oklahoma City’s Board of Adjustment will likely decide fate of Union Bus Station.
By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015
Columnist Steve Lackmeyer says slowing construction projects might be a good thing for downtown Oklahoma City. The projects under construction total more than 1,000 new apartments and a couple dozen for-sale homes. And while it’s exciting to see the skyline grow with more towers, was it really traitorous to ask whether demand existed for three new office towers?
By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015
The latest lawsuit is from the company that provides heat and cooling to the historic Oklahoma City building, claiming it is owed more than $774,000 in past-due payments and interest.