Steve Lackmeyer
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Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan Area Projects, the rebuilding of north downtown, the rebirth of the Skirvin Hotel, the rise of Bricktown, Midtown and Automobile Alley, and the city's courting of the NBA.
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 (now 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."
Lackmeyer spent two years visiting Main Street communities around the state, documenting their preservation efforts and the return of commerce to the heart of the state’s small towns. This effort was recognized in 2007 with a “Friend of Main Street” award by the Oklahoma Main Street Center. That same year he also was honored with the B.H. Prasad Award given in recognition of his coverage of architecture by the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. His coverage of downtown Oklahoma City was recognized with a first-time “Presidents Award” given to him in 2014 by Downtown OKC Inc.
Lackmeyer is author of five books about the city’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. In 2012 he authored a 1,500-word cover story about the history of development and architecture in Oklahoma City for the magazine Architectural Record.
Lackmeyer’s involvement with Retro Metro OKC began as a founding member and officer of the group, which started with organizational efforts in 2009 and an official launch in 2010. The group is a non-profit organization that has helped or organize displays on the history of city government, the city’s vintage restaurants and Bricktown. The organization’s key effort, however, is the scanning and display of privately owned photographs and materials. The website is home to thousands of such materials, including original video documentaries and videos of monthly speakers.
Steve is a frequent speaker on Oklahoma City development and history, with appearances on television stations OETA, KWTV, KFOR, KSBI, radio stations KTOK, KGOU, KOSU, WKY, KOKC and NPR, various newspapers including the New York Times and the Seattle Times, local Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs, the 2010 National Main Streets Conference and the 2013 Oklahoma Preservation Conference.

  • Does Oklahoma City's streetcar route need to be remapped?

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer | Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    With the switch in sites for Oklahoma City's new convention center, the route chosen a year ago for the streetcar now avoids it. Remapping the route would have many benefits to include the convention center, Capitol Hill and Union Station would have many benefits.

  • Florida visitors like what they find in Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    Forgive the use of yet another “it wasn't like this 25 years ago,” but what else can be said following last week's site visit by a contingent of more than 100 people from Jacksonville, Fla.? So yeah, back in 1990 delegations from other cities were not clamoring to visit Oklahoma City. Even locals saw the city as dying at the end of the 1980s oil bust. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber never gave up, however, and its members traveled to far more vibrant cities hoping to figure out how to restart their own community. The rest of that story has been told repeatedly, how even the offer of tens of millions of dollars failed to lure airlines to build a maintenance plant in Oklahoma City.

  • Contradictions surround sale of Villa Teresa real estate

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    The former Villa Teresa school in the Midtown area of Oklahoma City was sold on Friday, but questions remain about the deal and what will happen next.

  • Potential buyers of Villa Teresa decline to detail their plans for former school property

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    Restaurant operators and real estate investors are set to close on the purchase of the former Villa Teresa school in Oklahoma City, but they have declined to outline their plans for the property.

  • Future of historic Villa Teresa School may be threatened

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer | Published: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Nathan Carr, headmaster of the Academy of Classical Christian Studies, has the sort of plan to buy and renovate the old Villa Teresa School in Midtown that likely would thrill neighbors and preservationists. But Another potential buyer secured a contract on the property and reportedly wants to raze it to develop apartments.

  • H&8th moves away from monthly event in Midtown OKC

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer | Published: Mon, Oct 19, 2015

    The success of the food truck festival in Oklahoma City has spawned similar events across Oklahoma.

  • Winners and losers in new OKC convention center site

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Oct 14, 2015

    With the MAPS 3 convention center destined for a site south of Chesapeake Energy Arena, who is set to gain the most and who has the most to lose?

  • Help Wanted: Public transportation is key to connecting people with job opportunities

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Oct 14, 2015

    Steve Lackmeyer: Public transit is not going to solve the job skills gap in Oklahoma. But it’s a quick way to connect opportunities with those who need them the most.

  • Help Wanted: Discussion of talent, skills gap isn't finished without focus on wages

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Steve Lackmeyer: Oklahoma City's low cost of living matter that much in an equation where the city and state have to work harder to compete with more scenic competitors.

  • Oklahoma City's Red Andrews Park, long a trouble spot in its neighborhood, is set to be an asset

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Oct 12, 2015

    Red Andrews Park that for years made headlines for violence than for kids’ activities is being reclaimed by its neighborhood that itself has undergone a transformation.

  • Help Wanted: Oklahoma City is not done attracting, retaining skilled workers

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Millennials were just starting to hit the workforce when a 2003 Greater Oklahoma City Chamber gathering of civic leaders was advised at a workshop that the rules of job creation were set to change dramatically.

  • Where the Oklahoma-Texas rivalry began

    By Steve Lackmeyer OKC Central | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Steve Lackmeyer of The Oklahoman takes a look at the history of the rivalry between the Oklahoma and Texas.

  • Downtown Oklahoma City land sales show area is set to grow

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Bernard McElhone, co-founder of New York City-based Midway Investors, has spent the past three years acquiring properties between Classen Boulevard, Western Avenue, NW 9 and NW 12.

  • Downtown Oklahoma City eyesores are disappearing, but a few remain

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Even with recent changes, there are still eyesores in Oklahoma City's downtown area. Six sites are on a list of problems.

  • FADE TO BLACK: Hotel Black, set to be imploded Sunday, memorialized in song

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer, | Updated: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    If a measure of whether a building is historic or not rests on the sharing of fond memories, the former Hotel Black, set for implosion on Sunday in downtown Oklahoma City, may very well have lost its history years ago.

  • Analysis: A first-class property awaits right risk taker in Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 6, 2015

    OKC Central: First National Center in Oklahoma City has at least three potential rival buyers and is likely to generate more interest now that is controlled by a court-appointed receiver.

  • Market has not been kind to First National Center

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    First National Center is not a priority for Oklahoma City's government. Officials are busy trying to clean up the mess “given” to them by state lawmakers when they decided to make the unfinished Native American Cultural Center the city’s problem.

  • Recent events prompt choosing good news over the bad headlines

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Inspired by recent bad headlines in the news, The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer decides to spend his day telling good news stories.

  • Development momentum still building in northeast Oklahoma City

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Steve Lackmeyer: The neighborhoods just east of downtown hold just as much promise, if not more, than any of the areas to the north and west because of it enjoys three major anchors — the state Capitol, the Innovation District, home to a consortium of health-sciences entities, hospitals and the OU Medical Center, and the Adventure District, home to the Oklahoma City Zoo, Remington Park and Science Museum Oklahoma.

  • DOWNTOWN LOSSES: Five unique downtown businesses that have closed

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    There are five businesses that represent losses that go far beyond the establishment; when the lights went out, the culture and diversity of downtown Oklahoma City took a hit.

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Steve's OKC Central Today at 1:58 PM RT @mkapor: NYT calls Trump a racist liar.
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Steve's OKC Central Today at 8:58 AM RT @BostonGlobe: Trump says a #blacklivesmatter protester was "so obnoxious and loud" that "maybe he should have been roughed up" https://t
Steve's OKC Central Today at 7:59 AM RT @OKDOT: EDMOND- Be aware of changes as EB and WB lanes of 33rd St. will be shifted to new pavement at US-77/Broadway today.
Steve's OKC Central Today at 7:58 AM RT @davidfholt: I am told Trump's appeal is he says what others are afraid to say. But virtually everything he says is a lie. May we always…
Steve's OKC Central Today at 7:58 AM RT @mattdpearce: Trump's "Make America Great Again" hats are made by — wait for it — Latinos.…
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Steve's OKC Central Mon, Nov. 23 2015 09:58:33 PM CST RT @CityLab: Toronto wants to turn this highway underpass into a major public park