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  • Bricktown-based architectural firm moving to Fred Jones Assembly Plant

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    ADG, an architectural, project management and engineering firm, and its 60 employees are moving to the west end of the landmark Fred Jones Assembly Plant at 900 W Main, in Oklahoma City. The firm will occupy the only space not already set to be converted into the new 21C Museum Hotel.

  • Steve Lackmeyer: Development seems likely for lumberyard south of Bricktown

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: 23 hr ago

    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, Oct. 24, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: 23 hr ago

    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 arts projects are popping up around downtown area

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Efforts by Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. are underway to add even more displays with murals set to be added to the railway viaduct that runs along the western boundary of Bricktown and interactive displays throughout the Central Business District.

  • Oklahoma City's Halloween revelers to take act to Broadway

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The Downtown Halloween Parade revived with floats, krewes and prizes, followed by a Zombie Ball and costume party in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City Flatiron building facelift continues

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    The building was boarded up for 27 years and previously controlled by the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority before Chuck Ainsworth was designated to redevelop it into the headquarters for Physicians Liability Insurance Co.

  • Steve Lackmeyer: Next downtown announcement could concern First National Center

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 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, Oct. 17, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 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.

  • Another Great Family Event for Bricktown - "Brick or Treat"

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    I continue to be impressed by the promotions being launched  by Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. since it took the reins at the Bricktown Association. I was skeptical of the set-up prior to its start, and I’m delighted to see just how wrong I was in thinking this change would be the detriment of...

  • Renovation of an Oklahoma City downtown retail hub will strip away 'improvements'

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Main Street Arcade, a block-long, two-story building at 629 W Main, opened in 1923 and is also approved for a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.



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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.
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