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  • Will This Be the New Downtown OKC Skyline?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    I will never claim to be the best or even mediocre at various animation software programs – in fact this merge of the proposed Clayco towers with the proposed Hines tower is the result of some very crude manipulations using MS Paint. And yeah, I got lucky that these two renderings seemed to match...

  • Guest Post - Lisa Feist: Come one, come all to the first ever Christmas Crawl!

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    A few weeks ago I shared with readers that from time to time I will using my blog to help raise support and awareness for Foster Wishes, a non-profit that seeks to fulfill Christmas wish lists for foster kids and meet other needs of the state’s strained foster families. Today’s guest post is by...

  • Flashback RetroPub to Open on Film Row

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Flashback Retropub will finally become a reality – but instead of opening at The Rise on Uptown 23rd, the 80s arcade bar will instead open in 2015 along Film Row. The new home at 814 W Sheridan Ave. is nicely situated along Film Row and a block away from the Fred Jones Assembly Plant, which […]

  • OKC's First National Center runs into another roadblock

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Legal issues again are preventing potential redevelopment of First National Center, downtown OKC’s languishing landmark at Park and Robinson.

  • Downtown Oklahoma City First National Center sale is in limbo

    By Brianna Bailey and Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writers | Updated: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    New York resident Howard Abselet is attempting to file a lien on downtown Oklahoma City First National Center, which would allow him to collect proceeds from any sale of the property.

  • Behind the Headlines - Our Next Subscriber Event is Dust Bowl Lanes/Fassler Hall

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Last month 30 subscribers were invited to join the fun as we did a Q&A with the new owners of the Tower Theater, followed by a tour of the landmark. We now have an official name for these special gatherings – “Behind the Headlines.” And our second cool opportunity for subscribers (print...

  • When will Project 180 be completed?

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 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, Dec. 5, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 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 Live Chat Starts EARLY Today - 9:30 a.m.

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    I’m fitting in live chat into a busy schedule today, so the chat will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 11 a.m. today. You can start posting comments and questions at NewsOK starting at 9 a.m.

  • Visit with The Oklahoman Business Staff

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Demographics are changing. Business is changing. Consumer habits are changing. You can read about it every day in The Oklahoman. Read stories by Brianna Bailey and you’ll see how sales at big box stores are down. Small retail shops are opening up throughout downtown. Fast food giants and...



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Steve Lackmeyer


Business Reporter
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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