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  • Public interests can conflict with economic interests, often in a gray area

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Stress can exist between journalists as well as the public wanting to know details of downtown development and the developers, who sometimes wish silence would prevail as long as possible.

  • Chase Bank considers building new downtown branch

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    New branch could mean Chase name leaves landmark downtown tower.

  • FREE Live Music by Anatomy of Frank, Sunday at Yucatan Taco on the Bricktown Canal

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    I constantly hear from folks who want to see Oklahoma City become more of a live music scene, not just featuring local artists and bands, but acts from across the country. Judd Fisher, owner of Yucatan Taco Stand Tequila Bar and Grill was presented with an opportunity to host a performance by The...

  • Steve Lackmeyer: Expect to hear more housing, retail announced for Midtown

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    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 10:30 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, Aug. 22, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 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 | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    OKC Central Live chat resumes today at its normal time. Comments and questions can be posted starting at 10 a.m. at NewsOK. The discussion will start at 10:30 a.m. This next month I will resume to have guests on the chat with scheduled visits by City Manager Jim Couch and Planning Director Aubrey...

  • More About the Billboard and the Maywood Apartments

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Live tweeting at public meetings has its drawbacks. Such was the case at the Downtown Design Review meeting on Thursday. I tweeted out what was said by Mark Tolson, architect on the second phase of the Maywood apartment development. He told the committee that Lamar advertising had refused to...

  • New plans for Oklahoma City Maywood Apartments in Deep Deuce include underground parking

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Financing rules required developers of Deep Deuce’s Maywood Apartments in Oklahoma City to eliminate above-ground parking garage to reduce the height of the structure.

  • Oklahoma City officials, Downtown Business Improvement District work on deal to cover damage in The Underground tunnels

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    No one claims ownership of the underground pedestrian tunnels that traverse downtown Oklahoma City, but an agreement is being drafted that may cover catastrophic damages including flooding and earthquake damage.

  • OKC's Neighborhood Services Organization prepares for a new home at old address

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    The Neighborhood Services Organization’s new 9,800-square-foot building in Oklahoma City is designed to fit in with surrounding buildings, including the old Riverside School.



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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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