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  • Tragic past and contested visions part of Union Bus Station debate

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    A vote on that appeal next month by Oklahoma City’s Board of Adjustment will likely decide fate of Union Bus Station.

  • Oklahoma City flea market launch to coincide with H&8th festivals

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Site of Holiday Pop-Up Shops to host vendors on weekends from March through September in Oklahoma City.

  • ACM@UCO seeks to evict dueling piano bar, Michael Murphy's

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    ACM@UCO files action against Michael Murphy’s Dueling Pianos in order to expand the Academy of Contemporary Music.

  • OKC Central Chat: What will Midtown look like in 2025?

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Feb 6, 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, Feb. 6, 2015

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Feb 6, 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 convention center hotel draws interest from large firms

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Omni, Hyatt, Starwood, Peabody and Marcus are among the hotel operators showing interest.

  • After 87 years, Coney Island Hot Dogs still dishing it up in the heart of downtown OKC

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    The last remnants of downtown’s old Main Street are set to soon disappear, giving way to an office tower and new parking garages. But the little three-story building at 428 W Main defies the 21st century, its owner, Bill Mihas, still serving hot “wieners” and playing chess with regulars every...

  • Downtown Oklahoma City projects may pause amidst energy industry uncertainty

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Columnist Steve Lackmeyer says slowing construction projects might be a good thing for downtown Oklahoma City. The projects under construction total more than 1,000 new apartments and a couple dozen for-sale homes. And while it’s exciting to see the skyline grow with more towers, was it really...

  • Steve Lackmeyer: We won't see more development in Lower Bricktown until oil prices recover

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 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, Jan. 30, 2015

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 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.



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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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