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  • Investment in ongoing downtown, development could reach $1 billion

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    If one adds up all of the projects under construction or set to get underway this year in Oklahoma City, the number easily exceeds $250 million. Add up what’s still in the works, that total will be dwarfed by a figure that will exceed $1 billion.

  • Jabee - Definitely in the Right Direction

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    I really hope everyone gives a listen to the above and below music videos by local, Emmy-winning musician and artist Jabee. I don’t pretend to be an expert on hip-hop and rap. Over the years I’ve learned to explore unfamiliar art, cultures, food, music and experiences. This means taking my...

  • Steve Lackmeyer: Wheeler District developers also committed to improving surrounding areas

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 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, July 18, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 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.

  • Deep Deuce 'dream home' up for sale

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Health issues are prompting Larry and Regina Waters to sell the Clark Building in Deep Deuce. The pair spent eight years building their dream home in Deep Deuce to place it for sale just two years after its completion.

  • OKC Central Live Chat 10:30 a.m. Today

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    We return back to the normal OKC Central Live Chat today. No guests. Fairly open schedule (though I don’t want it drag on for three hours!). Comments and questions can start posting at NewsOK at 10 a.m., the chat starts 10:30 a.m. My plan at this point is to do the chat at my “office” […]

  • Full Length Video of the Wheeler District Charrette Presentation

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    NewsOK Video Director went above and beyond the call of duty on Wednesday assisting me in reporting on the Wheeler District charrette that ended on Wednesday. I still have a lot of observations and thoughts about what transpired, but I’m not quite ready yet to put into it all into writing. For...

  • A Closer Look at the Rock Island Plow Building

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Renovations are well underway at the Rock Island Plow Building at Reno and Oklahoma Avenues in Bricktown. The building stood boarded up for 30 years before Richard McKown and architect Wade Scaramucci took on the task of redeveloping it into offices. I enjoyed catching up with Wade this week,...

  • Purchase Offers Are in For First National Center

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Today, July 17, 2014, was the day the development community has awaited for months. First National Center, built over three phases with the tower built in 1931,cursed in recent yearswith a series of out-of-state owners who did little but make matters worse with either a poor misunderstanding of...

  • What's next for Downtown Oklahoma City?

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Steve Lackmeyer surveys Oklahoma City’s growing downtown and describes how a vibrant downtown is a reality.



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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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