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  • Uncertain Future for the Walcourt

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    When the Walcourt Apartments first opened in 1928, the complex was the pride and joy of its developer, H.E. Mussen. The city was in the midst of an economic boom, and all across America it seemed as if good times were going to last forever. Mussen, a consulting engineer, took out a full page...

  • Will Hider: A Tour of The Edge in Midtown

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    The Edge in Midtown is set to open next month. In the meantime, OKC Central contributor Will Hider is providing us with some great glimpses of what will be the biggest boost yet to Midtown housing:

  • Indoor concert venue coming to east Bricktown

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Matt Maley, an oil and gas and real estate investor from Littleton, Colo., confirmed Friday he has struck a deal with Ronnye Farmer and Philip Randolph to build the two-story venue at the southwest corner of Sheridan and Charlie Christian Avenues.

  • When the Design Review Process Works

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Two images are on the Internet right now for the proposed Criterion concert venue in east Bricktown. The first image is one I received Thursday afternoon with the developers’ application to the Bricktown Design Review Committee that would have had the entrance mid-block. I held the story,...

  • Steve Lackmeyer: Hotel possible with Clayco development downtown

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Oct 10, 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.

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, Oct. 10, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Oct 10, 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.

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

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    I never met Edna Scott, THE Edna of Edna’s on Classen Circle. But I knew of her bar, I knew of the joy she brought to thousands of folks who have visited her bar over the year. As interns did their stints at The Oklahoman, as college graduates got their start in our newsroom, one […]

  • Oklahoman subscribers share memories during tour of Oklahoma City's Tower Theater

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    Readers’ memories and experiences are different — but they share a passion for our city and excitement for the revival now taking place along NW 23.

  • Are You an Oklahoman VIP?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    In about three months, The Oklahoman will be moving back home – to downtown, where it was a cultural, community and civic anchor for all but about the last two decades of its existence. This is a moment I’ve long dreamed about. When I first started at The Oklahoman in 1990, the newspaper was...

  • Oklahoma City's former downtown library, Carnegie Centre, starts new story

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    Former downtown Oklahoma City library gets redeveloped for apartments, office space and retail.



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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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