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  • Some Oklahoma City buildings are gone but not forgotten

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    Steve Lackmeyer: I’ve observed and often reported such debates since I was first hired 25 years ago by The Oklahoman. And in my mind, the top question is whether Oklahoma City, collectively, will eventually regret a building’s loss or in retrospect will see more potential in how it could have...

  • DOWNTOWN DIGS: Metropolitan Apartments set to open in January

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Wet weather has created some delays, but leasing is underway for the largest apartment development to be built in downtown Oklahoma City, with an opening in January for the Metropolitan Apartments, a 329-unit development being built along Oklahoma Avenue between NE 6 and NE 8.

  • Downtown OKC groups to join for community improvement

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 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, July 10, 2015

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 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.

  • Got Anything to Chat About?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Yes, indeed, this week was pretty crazy, starting with news about the end of cotton seed and canola processing at Producers Cotton Coop south of Bricktown and plans to sell the property and move to Altus, the continued politics on locating a new convention center, the sale of the Journal Record...

  • Classen-10-Penn mixed use development gets commission approval

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Apartments and ground-floor retail in development also will feature access for bikes, pedestrians and public transit.

  • Live Nation Is Coming to Bricktown (It's a Big Deal)

    Steve Lackmeyer,downtown,bricktown,okc central,blog | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Tonight I reported Live Nation is teaming up with Levelland Productions to operate the Criterion in Bricktown. This is a big deal. Live Nation is the big dog in the concert industry, and if there is any entity out there can smash apart the status quo of Oklahoma City taking a back seat to...

  • Live Nation partnership to spotlight entertainment at Bricktown venue

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Live Nation, the world’s largest live entertainment company, is set to be a partner in operating the Criterion music hall being built in Oklahoma City's Bricktown area.

  • Tower Theater signs long-term deal to host live music

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    The future is set for the Tower Theater with a deal announced Wednesday that will turn it into a live music venue with a chance for bringing movies to its big screen. The 15-year lease with Levelland Productions also includes the opening of a two-story upscale cocktail bar to the east of the...

  • Housing and retail development proposed for Classen-10-Penn

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

    A homebuilder submitted a proposal Wednesday to the Oklahoma City Planning Department that would turn an empty stretch of land along NW 10 into a mix of housing and retail.



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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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