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  • 1990 article shows Oklahoma City's Stage Center was doomed from start

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    With demolition fencing now surrounding Stage Center, a 24-year-old expose of the theater’s controversial design further suggests the landmark was fated to fail from the moment the design was commissioned to the late John Johansen.

  • What If?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    After scouring aerial photos of the John F. Kennedy neighborhood and surrounding areas, including Bricktown, I noticed that the dead-end for Sheridan Avenue at I-235 could, if extended, create a great connection to the east side neighborhoods and even possibly spark some adjacent housing...

  • Intriguing Possibilities at Page Woodson

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    A couple of intriguing proposals are in for the area around the old Page Woodson school. For the longest time, it appeared this property had no hope of being redeveloped. But an amazing thing has happened in the surrounding John F. Kennedy neighborhood. The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority...

  • Two groups compete to develop property surrounding closed Page-Woodson school

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER, Business Writer | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Proposals include different types housing on property at NE 6 and Kelley Avenue

  • Container collection to hold spot for new arts center in Oklahoma City

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    A 27-foot-high “showroom” constructed from shipping containers is being planned for the corner of NW 11 and Broadway Drive as Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center prepares to raise money for a new downtown home along Automobile Alley in Oklahoma City.

  • Steve Lackmeyer: Bricktown to experience significant era of redevelopment

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 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, June 20, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 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.

  • Automobile Alley - Looking Back

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

      I had fun Thursday night joining old friend Chad Huntington on a tour of Automobile Alley. Broadway is thriving these days, but we both remember a time when the area was a disaster zone – with seemingly no hope for a revival. Sometimes, photos tell a lot more of the story than words. So...

  • Mahogany Prime Steak House to open restaurant at Century Center in downtown Oklahoma City

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    The downtown location would be the company’s second in Oklahoma City.

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

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    OKC Central Live Chat starts at 10:30 a.m. and will end promptly at 11:30 a.m. You can start posting comments and questions at NewsOK starting at 10 a.m.



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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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