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  • Steve Lackmeyer: Problems emerging with The Rise

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer and City Hall reporter Bill Crum 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...

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, July 25, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 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.

  • City Hall Reporter Bill Crum Joins Me on Today's OKC Central Live Chat

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Downtown remains a pretty busy place these days. Now we can add a bit of old fashioned MAPS uncertainty into the mix with bids coming in millions over budget for the White Water Center along the Oklahoma River. This story has implications far beyond just this project alone. City Hall Beat...

  • Unhappy residents say goodbye to Sycamore Square as owners pursue changes

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Tenants are unhappy that the new owners of Sycamore Square apartments in downtown Oklahoma City are asking residents of two-bedroom units to move out as part of a plan to downsize units at the complex.

  • Stage Center demolition begins in earnest

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Salvaging of materials from Stage Center is complete and building demolition is proceeding this week with plans to have the site cleared by September to make way for construction of a new headquarters for OGE Energy Corp. in downtown Oklahoma City.

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

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 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 family...

  • 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.



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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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