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  • OKC Central Live Chat 10:30 a.m. Today

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    We return back to the normal OKC Central Live Chat today. No guests. Fairly open schedule (though I don’t want it drag on for three hours!). Comments and questions can start posting at NewsOK at 10 a.m., the chat starts 10:30 a.m. My plan at this point is to do the chat at my “office” […]

  • Full Length Video of the Wheeler District Charrette Presentation

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    NewsOK Video Director went above and beyond the call of duty on Wednesday assisting me in reporting on the Wheeler District charrette that ended on Wednesday. I still have a lot of observations and thoughts about what transpired, but I’m not quite ready yet to put into it all into writing. For...

  • A Closer Look at the Rock Island Plow Building

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Renovations are well underway at the Rock Island Plow Building at Reno and Oklahoma Avenues in Bricktown. The building stood boarded up for 30 years before Richard McKown and architect Wade Scaramucci took on the task of redeveloping it into offices. I enjoyed catching up with Wade this week,...

  • Purchase Offers Are in For First National Center

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Today, July 17, 2014, was the day the development community has awaited for months. First National Center, built over three phases with the tower built in 1931,cursed in recent yearswith a series of out-of-state owners who did little but make matters worse with either a poor misunderstanding of...

  • What's next for Downtown Oklahoma City?

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Steve Lackmeyer surveys Oklahoma City’s growing downtown and describes how a vibrant downtown is a reality.

  • Ferris wheel, private school could appear in Wheeler District

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    A weeklong series of planning sessions produced scores of ideas for development of the former Downtown Airpark on the south bank of the Oklahoma River.

  • Saying Goodbye to Scottye Montgomery

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Tonight as I review the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting of the Downtown Design Review Committee, I am reminded that our city has lost yet another person who, while not well known, contributed quite a bit to the downtown renaissance. It’s hard to believe Scottye Montgomery passed away two weeks ago,...

  • Development bids sought for Oklahoma City arts festival site

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority is moving forward with plans to solicit development bids for the downtown block that is home to several major arts groups and the annual Festival of the Arts, but is also cautioning developers those tenants’ futures must be considered in any proposal.

  • The Passing of Shannon Self

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Shannon Self isn’t a name recognized as quickly as Larry Nichols, Tom Ward or Aubrey McClendon. Even among major real estate players, Self was mostly known in the industry, but rarely among average residents. But Self, who died last week, was a big player who for the most part avoided publicity....

  • Changing Leadership at IAO Gallery

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Kendall Brown, who has served as Executive Director of the Individual Artists of Oklahoma for the past two years, has been offered a new position working for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. “Kendall’s passion and enthusiasm for IAO will be missed,” IAO Board President Julie Oseland said. “She...



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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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