Steve Lackmeyer
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Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist 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 (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.

  • Downtown Oklahoma City apartments in Avana Arts District will include chef's dream restaurant

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    A 303-unit apartment complex at 301 N Walker Ave. in downtown Oklahoma City was bought by Charleston, S.C.-based Greystar Real Estate Investors last year for $48.75 million.

  • Oklahoma airman's long-lost letters are delivered to family 70 years later

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Claude Fletcher, of Oklahoma, and 31 crewmates disappeared on a C-87 transport plane on March 20, 1944.

  • Solving the mystery of Oklahoma airman's long-lost letters

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    The story of Oklahomans Claude and Hazel Fletcher likely never would have been told without Ancestry.com.

  • Downtown Oklahoma City development forces balance of progress and past

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    The planned 499 Sheridan development offers a new high-rise, but at the cost of several longstanding downtown buildings.

  • Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse opens at the heart of Automobile Alley

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The 8,000-square-foot restaurant in Oklahoma City is designed to showcase the historic Buick Building.

  • New tenants bring more life to formerly quiet Oklahoma City corner

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Revolve Pizza Kitchen is the latest business to lease space in the Century Center, joining The Oklahoman, YMCA of Oklahoma City and Mahogany Steak House.

  • Sign of the times: The Oklahoman's Big Screen

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    The testing of The Oklahoman’s Big Screen is nearly finished and the first step of the company’s move back to downtown Oklahoma City begins Monday with programming in bright lights that will include news, weather, advertising, sports and fun. Redevelopment of Century Center, 100 W Main, is almost complete and The Oklahoman is set to begin moving downtown in February. Until that move is complete, the Big Screen, a 42-foot by 23½-foot Panasonic video board, will give a hint of what’s to come with a new home for The Oklahoman. “We’re really excited to have a new canvas, a new platform to bring people news, weather, advertising and information about what is going on in our city, state and world,” Editor Kelly Dyer

  • Steve Lackmeyer: More towers on the horizon for Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&As on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Read the complete chat transcript here.

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, Dec. 19, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City Downtown Design Review Committee panel asks developers of planned downtown tower to alter parking garage plans

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Members of the Downtown Design Review Committee worry a new elementary school will be surrounded by garages.

  • City panel to vote on incentives for 108 new jobs at Enable Midstream Partners

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The average first-year wage for the new jobs at the Oklahoma City-based energy firm is estimated at $131,291.

  • Oklahoma City's Bricktown Burgers closes after 20 years

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Dick Parr’s restaurant at 300 E Main was one of Bricktown’s oldest restaurants when it closed last week. By Parr’s calculation, he has served more than a half-million burgers over those years at the Oklahoma City eatery.

  • Oklahoma City's building boom offers reminder of an earlier era

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s downtown skyline is set to grow at a pace not seen since the Great Depression.

  • New Oklahoma City skyscraper means demolition of historic downtown buildings

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Nearly all the surviving buildings of Oklahoma City downtown’s once-thriving Main Street retail corridor would be razed if development of 499 W Sheridan proceeds as planned

  • Building momentum: Oklahoma City keeps growing up

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    A planned 27-story tower in Oklahoma City, named 499 W Sheridan and designed by Jon Pickard, is to be built on properties assembled since 2007 by Nicholas Preftakes, and it will require the demolition of the One North Hudson Building, the Union Bus Station, the Auto Hotel, the Lunch Box and the former home of Carpenter Square Theater.

  • Will This Be the New Downtown OKC Skyline?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    I will never claim to be the best or even mediocre at various animation software programs – in fact this merge of the proposed Clayco towers with the proposed Hines tower is the result of some very crude manipulations using MS Paint. And yeah, I got lucky that these two renderings seemed to match pretty […]

  • Guest Post - Lisa Feist: Come one, come all to the first ever Christmas Crawl!

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    A few weeks ago I shared with readers that from time to time I will using my blog to help raise support and awareness for Foster Wishes, a non-profit that seeks to fulfill Christmas wish lists for foster kids and meet other needs of the state’s strained foster families. Today’s guest post is by Lisa […]

  • Flashback RetroPub to Open on Film Row

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Flashback Retropub will finally become a reality – but instead of opening at The Rise on Uptown 23rd, the 80s arcade bar will instead open in 2015 along Film Row. The new home at 814 W Sheridan Ave. is nicely situated along Film Row and a block away from the Fred Jones Assembly Plant, which […]

  • OKC's First National Center runs into another roadblock

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Legal issues again are preventing potential redevelopment of First National Center, downtown OKC’s languishing landmark at Park and Robinson.

  • Downtown Oklahoma City First National Center sale is in limbo

    By Brianna Bailey and Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writers | Updated: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    New York resident Howard Abselet is attempting to file a lien on downtown Oklahoma City First National Center, which would allow him to collect proceeds from any sale of the property.




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Steve's OKC Central Thu, Dec. 25 2014 10:09:09 PM CST Merry Christmas everyone! Throwback Thursday time #tbt LINK
Steve's OKC Central Thu, Dec. 25 2014 07:48:21 PM CST Solving the mystery of Oklahoma airman's long-lost letters LINK
Steve's OKC Central Thu, Dec. 25 2014 07:45:28 PM CST Now open to all readers: Oklahoma airman's long-lost letters are delivered to family 70 years later LINK
Steve's OKC Central Thu, Dec. 25 2014 06:02:52 PM CST RT @HistoryInPics: New York City, 1903 LINK
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