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  • OKC Central News Briefs - Midtown's Town House Hotel, Citizens Bank on NW 23

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    So much is going on, I’m resorting to a round-up on some ongoing stories and ones to keep an eye on over the next weeks and months. We’re still waiting to find out who, if anybody, will see their bid accepted for downtown’s long neglected landmark, First National Center. A group I’d call a “dream...

  • Northeast Oklahoma City area declared blighted

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    A large portion of northeast Oklahoma City centered at NE 23 and Martin Luther King Avenue was declared “blighted” Tuesday by the Oklahoma City Council after receiving a new study showing the area is struggling with high unemployment and crime, plummeting home ownership, unsafe conditions and...

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park could call Paseo Arts District its permanent home

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    The Paseo Arts District could become the new permanent home to Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park.

  • Setting the stage for OGE Energy building

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A wrecking ball arrived at Stage Center this week, hastening the landmark’s demolition to make way for a new OGE Energy Corp. headquarters.

  • Diner to anchor development on Classen Boulevard

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Developers bet on downtown development spreading west

  • 101-year-old panoramic photo shows different downtown Oklahoma City

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    The photo, kept sealed for 100 years in the Century Chest at First Lutheran Church, was not seen by the public until it was put on display earlier this year.

  • What's next for downtown Oklahoma City?

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Longtime eyesores are being converted into jewels as Oklahoma City developers take on challenges to renew buildings.

  • Steve Lackmeyer: Problems emerging with The Rise

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer and City Hall reporter Bill Crum took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&As on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Read the complete chat...

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, July 25, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 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.

  • City Hall Reporter Bill Crum Joins Me on Today's OKC Central Live Chat

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Downtown remains a pretty busy place these days. Now we can add a bit of old fashioned MAPS uncertainty into the mix with bids coming in millions over budget for the White Water Center along the Oklahoma River. This story has implications far beyond just this project alone. City Hall Beat...



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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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