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  • Construction on NW 23 project again unveils historic facade covered for decades in Oklahoma City

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Former furniture store has granite, streamline-modern facade that stretches across three-fourths of the building at NW 23 and Walker.

  • Aloft Hotel in Oklahoma City's Deep Deuce to open this week

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The Aloft is at the corner of Walnut Avenue and NE 2 in Oklahoma City where Deep Deuce and Bricktown connect, where a two-story medical office stood for almost a half century. The hotel has an imposing presence that hovers over the Bricktown skyline.

  • A New Glimpse of the Future Pizzeria Gusto at The Rise

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    It was, for the longest time, one of the most pathetic, depressing corners in the urban core of Oklahoma City, creating an unsightly interruption between Paseo and Uptown 23rd.

  • Renovation set to begin on Rock Island Plow Building in Oklahoma City

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    The $13.4 million renovation of the old abandoned structure in Oklahoma City offers challenges for builder Richard McKown and architect Wade Scaramucci.

  • Conceptual plans presented for Mideke Building makeover

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

    Conceptual plans for a $17 million makeover of the Mideke Building to become the home of Tapstone Energy won near-unanimous praise Wednesday from the Bricktown Urban Design Committee members.

  • Street changes transform Automobile Alley

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    A years-long effort to make Automobile Alley a less hostile place for pedestrians became a reality over the weekend as contractors eliminated a rarely used fifth center turn lane and replaced it with angled parking spaces.

  • Tapstone Energy to establish permanent headquarters in OKC's Bricktown

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Tapstone Energy, a company founded by former SandRidge Energy CEO Tom Ward, is preparing to establish its permanent headquarters at the Mideke Building in Bricktown. The move is expected to take place within one year with the space accommodating a workforce of up to 150 people.

  • Steve Lackmeyer: NW 23 was one of Oklahoma City's earliest streetscape projects

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 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 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, April 4, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 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 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Central Live Chat at 10 a.m., Great Clip of Jabee, Miss Cooki Turner from 2010

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    I’ve been an admirer of local singer Jabee for a while now, and I’m thrilled for his ongoing success and the recognition he’s received in the music scene beyond Oklahoma.



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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 Devon), 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" and "Operation Scissortail" (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, WKY and KOKC, local Rotary and Lion’s clubs, and the 2010 National Main Streets Conference.
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