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  • Oklahoma City planning panel recommends sparing Union Bus Station from demolition

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Planning Department is recommending denial of an application to tear down the Union Bus Station as part of development of a 27-story tower and two new garages, concluding the bus station is “without question one of the most endearing legacy resources of downtown.”

  • Special OKC Central Live Chat 10:30 a.m. Friday

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    From time to time on the weekly OKC Central Live Chats I get questions that are best posed to my colleagues, most notably retail reporter Brianna Bailey and energy reporters Adam Wilmoth, Paul Monies and Jay Marks. Thanks to a software format change, I will be doing the chat in the office, and...

  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Proposed Uptown 23rd Church

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    My Tuesday column has prompted quite a bit of discussion and questions about OKC Community Church wanting to buy a storefront immediately east of the Tower Theater. As I wrote, this move would stop the openings of any more bars like Grandad’s from opening within 300 feet of the church, and the...

  • Oklahoma City church's buy of Uptown property could affect area parking, zoning

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    OKC Community Church’s opening on NW 23 Street would, by state law, prevent any new bars or venues (like Grandad’s nearby) from obtaining an ABC-3 alcohol zoning within 300 feet of 421 NW 23.

  • A Twitter Case Study in Midtown

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    Quite the discussion took place Saturday night on Twitter over a decision by Brown’s Bakery in Midtown to tow vehicles parked in the bakery parking lot at night. The bakery is closed during the evening, so these vehicles are being parked by people patronizing nearby restaurants and bars. It...

  • Steve Lackmeyer: OKC will see impressive redevelopment west of Central Business District this year

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 2, 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. 2, 2015

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 2, 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.

  • Officials create urban renewal zone in northeast Oklahoma City after sharp debate

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    Creation of an urban renewal zone in northeast Oklahoma City was passed Tuesday by a split Oklahoma City Council that debated whether the effort would truly benefit the area’s residents and business owners.

  • Promises, Demolition and First National Center

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    Today’s story about First National Center being emptied out with no sale certain has people nervous. And despite there being no threat voiced or hinted at in terms of demolition, rumors are flying online that First National could be the next endangered building. Such fears are understandable,...

  • Developers of downtown Oklahoma City tower propose more retail in parking garages

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    No change in plans to demolish buildings cherished by preservationists.



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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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