Steve Lackmeyer
Reporter Sr.
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.

Top Stories


  • Bricktown Flyer may already be grounded

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Proposed amusement ride finds little support among officials.

  • Planning sessions set for new development along Oklahoma River

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Blair Humphreys, who is leading development of “Wheeler,” will be hosting the public planning sessions with Victor Dover, a renowned expert on livable communities and sustainable development and author of “Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns.”

  • A Question of Trash at the Proposed Springhill Suites

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Atul Patel fared far better in pitching his plans for a Springhill Suites hotel as designed above for Bricktown in comparison to a previous design that was protested last year by residents in Deep Deuce. But while the Bricktown Urban Design Committee was generally very complimentary of the new designs, they withheld approval – and […]

  • Hotels spring up in Oklahoma City's Bricktown

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    If planned projects develop, Bricktown could be home to nine hotels with more than 1,400 rooms.

  • Rand Elliott has plan to develop Flatiron block in Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    The site, at Harrison Avenue and NW 4 in Oklahoma City, has been home to Elliott Associates Architects for nearly 20 years.

  • Exhibit C - A Big Addition for Bricktown Tourism

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Today was one of those days where the whole time space continuum question that dogged Captains Kirk and Pickard simply could not be overcome by a mere mortal like myself. Consider all that transpired today – a plan to add a huge amusement ride to Bricktown, designs released for a new hotel, final salvaging of […]

  • Oklahoma City's ban on food trucks in Bricktown limits choices for visitors

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER, Business Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Oklahoma City business owners remain opposed to allowing mobile food and drink providers in Bricktown.

  • Bricktown Design Committee will hear pitch for 220-foot-high “Star Flyer” ride

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    If built, the Star Flyer Ride would provide view, thrills in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown entertainment district.

  • Salvaged Stage Center furnishings, equipment to be donated to arts groups

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Furnishings and equipment valued at more than $100,000 is being salvaged from Stage Center in Oklahoma City and will be donated to local arts groups as demolition crews begin preparations to clear the site to make way for a new OGE Energy Corp. headquarters.

  • Fishing for a deal: Cabela's makes case for Oklahoma City store

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    Cabela’s is making its case for a $3.5 million incentive from Oklahoma City to build a northwest side store.

  • Stage Center demolition to start Monday in Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    After years of debate over the history, importance and fate of Stage Center, the end is set to start Monday as preparatory demolition begins next week.

  • Stage Center - The Place, The Memories

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    The end of Stage Center, originally known as Mummer’s Theater, is finally upon us. I broke the story today that demolition may begin as early as Monday. For the longest time, I’ve wanted to get a glimpse of what this means to someone on a personal level – a look at not just the building, […]

  • Construction set to start on $42 million LIFT apartments in Oklahoma City's Midtown

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Site clearance is set to start next month for Midtown’s second large housing development, a $42 million, 329-unit apartment complex to be built at the northwest corner of NW 10 and Shartel Avenue.

  • 1990 article shows Oklahoma City's Stage Center was doomed from start

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    With demolition fencing now surrounding Stage Center, a 24-year-old expose of the theater’s controversial design further suggests the landmark was fated to fail from the moment the design was commissioned to the late John Johansen.

  • What If?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    After scouring aerial photos of the John F. Kennedy neighborhood and surrounding areas, including Bricktown, I noticed that the dead-end for Sheridan Avenue at I-235 could, if extended, create a great connection to the east side neighborhoods and even possibly spark some adjacent housing development…. what if? My crude black line shows one way this […]

  • Intriguing Possibilities at Page Woodson

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    A couple of intriguing proposals are in for the area around the old Page Woodson school. For the longest time, it appeared this property had no hope of being redeveloped. But an amazing thing has happened in the surrounding John F. Kennedy neighborhood. The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority tore up this neighborhood back in […]

  • Two groups compete to develop property surrounding closed Page-Woodson school

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER, Business Writer | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Proposals include different types housing on property at NE 6 and Kelley Avenue

  • Container collection to hold spot for new arts center in Oklahoma City

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    A 27-foot-high “showroom” constructed from shipping containers is being planned for the corner of NW 11 and Broadway Drive as Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center prepares to raise money for a new downtown home along Automobile Alley in Oklahoma City.

  • Steve Lackmeyer: Bricktown to experience significant era of redevelopment

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 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.

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, June 20, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 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.




Steve's OKC Central Today at 12:36 PM I'm at Dimitris Peacock Greek Restaurant (Oklahoma City, OK) LINK
Steve's OKC Central Today at 12:18 PM @OKenergybeat @insideclimate meh. That will be my grandkids suffering in the hell. Why should I care?, responds talk radio.
Steve's OKC Central Today at 12:16 PM RT @OKenergybeat: Summer in OKC could be 10 degrees hotter by 2100 if #climate change continues unabated. LINK (via @insi…
Steve's OKC Central Today at 12:16 PM RT @unfrsakn: @WheelerDistrict @bdhumphreys @DoverKohl Come to The Humphreys Co. @ 215 S Walker from 10am-6pm for charrette ideas LINK
Steve's OKC Central Today at 11:15 AM RT @unfrsakn: LINK
Steve's OKC Central Today at 9:44 AM RT @CalleDosCinco: Mark your calendars, the next #TacoTruckThursday is July 17th! Our theme for the night will be "Bikes and Cars."
Steve's OKC Central Today at 9:43 AM RT @OKCarchives: 1965 Pei Plan approved by @cityofokc planning, led to features downtown like Myriad Gardens & the demolition of nearly 500…
Steve's OKC Central Today at 9:15 AM "@FilmRowOKC: @stevelackmeyer @UrbanizedOkie @VictorDover @AutoAlleyOKC you're both, what, 33? ;)" YES
Steve's OKC Central Today at 9:15 AM RT @TulsaOlympics: Someone proposed a 220-ft tall amusement park ride called the "Star Flyer" for Bricktown. Leave the outlandish dreams to…
Steve's OKC Central Today at 9:14 AM RT @unfrsakn: Afternoon in @WheelerDistrict. History repeats as sooners already build first homes ahead of the @DoverKohl charrette http://…
Steve's OKC Central Today at 9:14 AM RT @DowntownOKCInc: FREE concert tonight in @FilmRowOKC at @DCFilmRow! @TheMixOKC hosts Taddy Porter and Rachel Brashear, foods trucks too!
Steve's OKC Central Today at 9:13 AM RT @DowntownOKCInc: Update on the Star Flyer in @Bricktown411 - LINK
Steve's OKC Central Today at 8:55 AM RT @AMRice44: At community health centers like @VarietyCare uninsured patients pay a sliding fee based on their income. 17,000+ at @Variety…
Steve's OKC Central Today at 7:50 AM RT @GormoJourno: XXX Hot Chilli Burger puts two Argus reporters in hospital LINK
Steve's OKC Central Today at 7:30 AM RT @emilyrsutton: Storms are building south...now into Kingfisher. The storms may try to move into the Metro in the next few hrs 6:54am htt…
Steve's OKC Central Today at 7:30 AM RT @Mecoy: Bricktown Flyer may already be grounded LINK
Steve's OKC Central Today at 7:27 AM RT @NewsOK: Hot, steamy day Thursday in central Oklahoma LINK
Steve's OKC Central Today at 12:24 AM RT @ferrisobrien: @stevelackmeyer @WheelerDistrict @EnergyFC WHAT??? I'm getting my very own wheel?
Steve's OKC Central Today at 12:22 AM @UrbanizedOkie @FilmRowOKC @VictorDover @AutoAlleyOKC you have more gray hair...
Steve's OKC Central Today at 12:10 AM @tzeeck I really admire @MickCornett's years long love of OKC's minor league baseball team. Its cool knowing its sincere, goes back decades.