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  • OKC Central Chat transcript, April 15, 2016

    By Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Apr 15, 2016

    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 9:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

  • See early day commercial for Festival of the Arts at Civic Center Park

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    The Festival of the Arts returns to its historic home next week in what is now known as Bicentennial Park (for me it will always be Civic Center Park) between the Civic Center Music Hall and City Hall. It's pretty fun to think that the return home coincides with the festival's 50th anniversary....

  • Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts gives people chance to see west downtown changes, parking lots

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 11, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts will give people an opportunity to see how the western fringe of downtown is changing with construction on the new courthouse and Civic Center Lofts, the new police headquarters, the 21c Museum Hotel and numerous other projects.

  • What's the latest on the cotton mill site near Bricktown?

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Apr 8, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&As on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Read the complete chat transcript here. There are rumors...

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, April 8, 2016

    By Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Apr 8, 2016

    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 9:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

  • Is Oklahoma City's Midtown becoming like a mall?

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    Chris Fleming, a partner in Midtown Renaissance Group, is calling for a stronger retail mix in the Midtown district of Oklahoma City and a coffee shop and clothing stores are moving in.

  • Food trucks find new partners, Oklahoma City-area venues to hold festivals

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 4, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Dodgers stepped up to the plate, becoming a partner for food truck owners after the H&8th festival ended.

  • OKC Central Chat: Will we see more parking, lodging in the Boathouse District?

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&As on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Read the complete chat transcript here.

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, April 1, 2016

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER | Updated: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    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 9:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

  • OKC Central: Hotels keep finding room to build in Bricktown

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Mar 28, 2016

    Steve Lackmeyer: Property sales in Oklahoma City's entertainment district make projects real.



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Steve Lackmeyer


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Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author 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 (now 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."
Lackmeyer spent two years visiting Main Street communities around the state, documenting their preservation efforts and the return of commerce to the heart of the state’s small towns. This effort was recognized in 2007 with a “Friend of Main Street” award by the Oklahoma Main Street Center. That same year he also was honored with the B.H. Prasad Award given in recognition of his coverage of architecture by the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. His coverage of downtown Oklahoma City was recognized with a first-time “Presidents Award” given to him in 2014 by Downtown OKC Inc.
Lackmeyer is author of five books about the city’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. In 2012 he authored a 1,500-word cover story about the history of development and architecture in Oklahoma City for the magazine Architectural Record.
Lackmeyer’s involvement with Retro Metro OKC began as a founding member and officer of the group, which started with organizational efforts in 2009 and an official launch in 2010. The group is a non-profit organization that has helped or organize displays on the history of city government, the city’s vintage restaurants and Bricktown. The organization’s key effort, however, is the scanning and display of privately owned photographs and materials. The website www.retrometrookc.com is home to thousands of such materials, including original video documentaries and videos of monthly speakers.
Steve is a frequent speaker on Oklahoma City development and history, with appearances on television stations OETA, KWTV, KFOR, KSBI, radio stations KTOK, KGOU, KOSU, WKY, KOKC and NPR, various newspapers including the New York Times and the Seattle Times, local Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs, the 2010 National Main Streets Conference and the 2013 Oklahoma Preservation Conference.
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