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 www.retrometrookc.com 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.
By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer email@example.com | 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.
By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer email@example.com | 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.
By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015
A private-public partnership provides parking relief for Midtown district in Oklahoma City.
By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer email@example.com | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015
Steve Lackmeyer: And as the arts community gathers downtown, they are finding themselves joined by other groups and venues.
By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015
The statues that form “Investigation, Analysis and Publication” are back with The Oklahoman newspaper at the company's new location in downtown Oklahoma City.
By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer email@example.com | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015
Oklahoman reporter Steve Lackmeyer writes about discovering pictures of a monorail plan for Oklahoma City in 1964.
By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015
Steve Lackmeyer: I’ve observed and often reported such debates since I was first hired 25 years ago by The Oklahoman. And in my mind, the top question is whether Oklahoma City, collectively, will eventually regret a building’s loss or in retrospect will see more potential in how it could have been redeveloped.
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 email@example.com | 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.