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  • An Apology

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

        EARLIER TODAY I POSTED THIS Two days ago I unveiled what I think reflects the future site plan for the Stage Center block. It was included in an overall set of drawings for the area around the future convention center prepared by city consultant Populous. Immediately, I was left to...

  • First Thoughts on Oklahoma City Meet the Press Segment

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/mayor-cornett-executive-branch-needs-bridge-divide-n197711 - It’s really quite something that Oklahoma City was not just featured, but showcased in this inaugural episode with new host Chuck Todd – an episode that included an interview with President Barack Obama. -...

  • Looking for Options - And Finding Them

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Folks who have known me or followed my work know that for years I’ve struggled with my health. Things got bad in 2013 following the death of my father and a couple of close friends, along with stress at work, and quite frankly I was in pretty bad shape by last December. In January I […]

  • Could this be the new site plan for Stage Center block?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

      If you’re attending Confluence today, you’re hearing details first as to why I think we are looking at the new site plan for the block between Sheridan, Hudson, Walker and Reno Avenues. I will share more with readers later today.  

  • City Manager: Downtown OKC circulator was least successful MAPS project

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 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, Sept. 5, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 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 Special Guest City Manager Jim Couch, 10:30 a.m. Friday

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    I am very happy to report that City Manager Jim Couch will join me again for a live chat with readers 10:30 a.m. Friday. Preference will be given to comments and questions addressed to Jim. Comments and questions can be posted at NewsOK starting at 10 a.m. The discussion starts at 10:30 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City's Kaiser's closes; historic building damaged

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Owner of Kaiser’s building hopes to find new restaurant operator

  • Will Hider: Glass Going Up at Century Center

    Updated: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Will Hider has an incredible eye, and his camera is never far away. His latest photos capture glass going up on my favorite downtown project - the renovated Century Center at 100 W Main.

  • Great New Photo of Mideke Building Renovation in Bricktown

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Renovations are well underway on the Mideke Building at 100 E Main, which will be home to Tapstone Energy and up to 150 employees by this time next year. One of the most interesting aspects of this renovation is creation of a glass wall on the building’s east alley wall, as shown in the above […]



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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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