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Steve Lackmeyer: More young architects staying in Oklahoma City

by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: May 23, 2014 at 12:41 pm •  Published: May 23, 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.

Do you see national architects/landscape architects/planners setting up shop in OKC or are the local ones absorbing most of the growth? Who is your favorite architect by the way?

My favorite architect is Solomon Andrew Layton. We are seeing more young architects stay in Oklahoma City as a result of what is taking place in our city.

Do you see Oklahoma City's growth having similarities to Austin and Texas growth?

No. People keep trying to compare Oklahoma City to one city or another, when really, there is no comparison. Oklahoma City is very unique, starting with a gunshot that got it all started on April 22, 1889. The city's history, its experience through the oil bust, the MAPS story and even the 1995 bombing make for a very compelling argument that Oklahoma City is no ordinary town.

People notice this when they visit. I can't explain it. It's a vibe, it's an attitude, it's a series of quirks that sometimes drive us crazy. And this community is in the midst of a dramatic cultural, social and political change that transforming how our community interacts, how it approaches development and planning, how it approaches education, employment and culture, and how it sees itself.

We're not going to be Austin. We're not going to be Dallas. We're not going to be Kansas City. And we're not going to be any other city. And I just don't see Oklahoma City traveling a road already traveled. We're on our own. We're continuing to experiment, take risks and do things others say we can't do (like host a successful NBA team or turn an embarrassing river into a world class water sports venue). So that's what I think.

What are the height limits in Bricktown? Can a skyscraper go in there? Do you see Tapstone (Tom Ward) building eventually in Bricktown?

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
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...
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