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  • Blighted shopping center set to get makeover, owner says

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    A northeast Oklahoma City shopping center that once was the pride of the area will again shine, the owner said.

  • DOWNTOWN LOSSES: Five unique downtown businesses that have closed

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    There are five businesses that represent losses that go far beyond the establishment; when the lights went out, the culture and diversity of downtown Oklahoma City took a hit.

  • If Oklahoma County gets a new jail, what happens to the old one?

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    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, Aug. 7, 2015

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    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.

  • PARK PLACE'S PARKING SPACES: Private-public partnership provides parking for Midtown

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    A private-public partnership provides parking relief for Midtown district in Oklahoma City.

  • TURNING THE PAGE: Conversion of former Oklahoma City school into apartments is moving ahead despite recent fires

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    The school, at NE 6 and Stonewall, closed in 1993 and was bought by developer Ron Bradshaw for $950,000 last year at an auction by Oklahoma City Public Schools. Fencing is going up this week, and preconstruction will be starting this next month, Bradshaw said.

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, July 31, 2015

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    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.

  • Steve Lackmeyer: More for-sale housing coming along fringe of downtown Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    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.

  • Changing lanes: E.K. Gaylord transformation set to start later this year

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com   | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A consultant recommends narrowing E.K. Gaylord Boulevard between Reno Avenue and NW 4 in downtown Oklahoma City and adding sidewalks, landscaping and more.

  • Dancing downtown: OKC Ballet moves to Film Row

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The new downtown offices above Joey's Pizza will not replace Oklahoma City Ballet's rehearsal studios and classrooms at NW 75 and Classen Boulevard, but will mark the start of what director Shane Jewell hopes will be a future move to a new downtown home for the entire operation.



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Steve Lackmeyer


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Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author 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 (now 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."
Lackmeyer spent two years visiting Main Street communities around the state, documenting their preservation efforts and the return of commerce to the heart of the state’s small towns. This effort was recognized in 2007 with a “Friend of Main Street” award by the Oklahoma Main Street Center. That same year he also was honored with the B.H. Prasad Award given in recognition of his coverage of architecture by the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. His coverage of downtown Oklahoma City was recognized with a first-time “Presidents Award” given to him in 2014 by Downtown OKC Inc.
Lackmeyer is author of five books about the city’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. In 2012 he authored a 1,500-word cover story about the history of development and architecture in Oklahoma City for the magazine Architectural Record.
Lackmeyer’s involvement with Retro Metro OKC began as a founding member and officer of the group, which started with organizational efforts in 2009 and an official launch in 2010. The group is a non-profit organization that has helped or organize displays on the history of city government, the city’s vintage restaurants and Bricktown. The organization’s key effort, however, is the scanning and display of privately owned photographs and materials. The website www.retrometrookc.com is home to thousands of such materials, including original video documentaries and videos of monthly speakers.
Steve is a frequent speaker on Oklahoma City development and history, with appearances on television stations OETA, KWTV, KFOR, KSBI, radio stations KTOK, KGOU, KOSU, WKY, KOKC and NPR, various newspapers including the New York Times and the Seattle Times, local Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs, the 2010 National Main Streets Conference and the 2013 Oklahoma Preservation Conference.
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