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  • 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.

  • Blighted Midtown Property Set to Become Showcase Home?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    An apartment house seen as the source of crime and blight in Midtown has been cleared of its tenants and gutted by a new owner committed to restoring the structure as a single family home. Shyon Keoppel paid $232,000 for the home at 524 NW 8 in March and is spending thousands more to clear it...

  • Oklahoma City's Capitol Hill neighborhood is beginning to see a rebound

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Capitol Hill was for decades the downtown of south Oklahoma City, but fell on hard times following the opening of Crossroads Mall and suburban sprawl in the 1970s.

  • Producers Cooperative mill shuts down cotton operation in Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Producers Cooperative previously sold the former Dayton Tire Plant in southwest Oklahoma City, where it once envisioned relocating processing operations as they previously sought to sell the site south of Bricktown near downtown Oklahoma City.

  • OKC man's career is good to the last drop

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Earl Neighbors got his start in the coffee business in 1948, and his employer Cain’s Coffee was the hometown favorite. Now, at 88, Neighbors is preparing to retire from the coffee business.

  • Dogs, beer to join mix of businesses along Automobile Alley near once desolate NE 10

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Add a dog day care, a brewpub and taproom to the list of new attractions set to open in the once desolate area along the railroad tracks that separate downtown Oklahoma City from the Innovation District.

  • "We’re legislating taste and being arbitrary doing it."

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Ed Lynn, owner of the popular Buffalo Wild Wings on Northwest Expressway, may finally get to build his dream house. After living in the suburbs with his wife for the past 25 years, they want to move their home downtown. West Midtown was an appealing choice for the Lynns – a revived...



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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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