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  • OKC Central Chat transcript, April 22, 2016

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    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 9:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

  • Oklahoma artist/architect hopes to liven up plaza at OCU Law School

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    Oklahoma artist/architect Adam Lanman plans to liven up the plaza on the west side of the OCU Law School with six colorful displays he calls “Skyline Timeline.”

  • Natural Grocers plans landmark move to OKC's historic Gold Dome

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    Colorado-based chain Natural Grocers hopes to have plans approved with the Oklahoma City planning department’s Urban Design Commission allowing it to convert the historic Gold Dome into its latest state location.

  • Former auto dealership building in Oklahoma City’s Automobile Alley to be renovated, house law firm, bank

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    The Markham Building, the last undeveloped historic building in Oklahoma City’s Automobile Alley district, will be renovated to house a law firm and bank.

  • Oklahoma City shows it can thrive during economic woes

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    With a multitude of events going on around downtown Oklahoma City, spring is reviving the community's collective soul in the face of the energy downturn and economic woes.

  • Oklahoma City's Bricktown district has rooms to grow

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    Current plans show 15 hotels are being built or scheduled to be built in Bricktown entertainment district as the area expands to the east. Five of the hotels are already open.

  • Former Journal Record Building getting new name, new face in Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    The Journal Record Building, devastated during the 1995 attack on the neighboring Murrah Building, will have its remaining two-thirds renovated, get new tenants and be renamed the Heritage Building.

  • New development set for Oklahoma City's Automobile Alley

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 15, 2016

    "Broadway Park takes social interaction to a higher level with the addition of balconies and elevated exterior corridors, complete with outdoor seating to hang out with friends,” architect Haven Makin said.

  • How will Oklahoma's economic situation affect pace of downtown developments?

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Apr 15, 2016

    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 9:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, April 15, 2016

    By Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Apr 15, 2016

    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 9:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.



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Steve Lackmeyer


Business Reporter
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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