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Bye Bye Cotter

James Cotter and his horse, or rather the sculpture of the pair erected years ago in front the renamed BancFirst Tower, were...

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A closer look at The Elliott and the path ahead

Folks in Midtown and Heritage Hills are awakening today to news that plans are moving forward to build an eight-story...

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OKC Central Live Chat Starts at 10:30 a.m. Today

We've had a busy few weeks and last week I was pretty much tapped out and unable to pull off the sort of chat you...

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A Closer Look at first urban core OnCue

As reported in The Oklahoman today, a planned residential and retail development by Shyon Keoppel is being scrapped at NW 13,...

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OKC lost a good man today

Six months. Ask yourselves, what would you do with six months if that was all you had left? That is pretty much what banker...

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Downtown Steel

Infill development is continuing to move forward with two Midtown office buildings rising from the ground. As I drive along...

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An eyesore on Classen is set to disappear

Over the past few months the former Phillips 66 station at NW 17 and Classen has fallen into disrepair, overgrown with weeds...

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Special OKC Central Live Chat - THE DRIVE

Today we are doing something different. We are going to video live stream our chat at 9:30 a.m. at NewsOk while I do a...

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One More Question to Answer about that Automobile Alley Headquarters

As I reported on Wednesday, the seven-story proposed for at NW 6 and Broadway along Automobile Alley is set to be the North...

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New Unmarked Parking Spots in Plaza District Drawing Confusion, $25 Tickets

For those concerned about parking along Blackwelder Avenue in the Plaza District and confusion over tickets, Jeff Struble...

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A full new look at the Oklahoma City Omni

With construction set to start soon on the 18-story Oklahoma City Omni south of the Chesapeake Energy Arena, plans have...

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New Renderings for Automobile Alley Headquarters

Two weeks have passed since news was exclusively broken by The Oklahoman, along with renderings, for a potential seven-story...

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More renderings of the Automobile Alley headquarters

On Sunday I broke the story that an out-of-state company, not an energy company, is looking to relocate to Oklahoma City and...

Uptown Market in Deep Deuce not quite a done deal

I've been aware since November that the Native Roots Grocery in Deep Deuce was a crossroads, with original operators Matt and...

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The Latest Look for the Great Banking Hall at First National

If the 1931 Art Deco First National tower is considered the most historic building in downtown Oklahoma City, then the Great...

First Core to Shore development well underway

Steel beams are going up along with the elevator shaft for the future Fairfield Inn at SW 5 and E.K. Gaylord – the first of...

Now Ask Me a Question I Can't Answer in Two Minutes

God bless the cynics. As part of my column today about "Moving Beyond MAPS," I mentioned its legacy of having spurned more than...

Plans set for restoration of windows at former Spaghetti Warehouse

Pending approval Wednesday by the Bricktown Urban Design Committee, windows are set to be restored to the upper floors of the...

Robinson Avenue closed due to falling debris from First National

Granite from outside the 26th floor of First National crashed down onto the street below Sunday night, hitting two parked...

A Closer Look at the Omni

In The Oklahoman today we took a first look at the designs being pursued for the 17-story Omni set to be built along side the...

Christmas Past and Future at First National

It was the day before Christmas and the city was stirring, kids were bouncing around the house. And it was then I should see on...

Pedestrians, bicyclists will be forced to share wide sidewalk along new downtown boulevard

The release of a new rendering of the Oklahoma City Boulevard, specially the section between E.K. Gaylord Boulevard and Hudson...

Two Votes Today and Massive Changes in Two Years

Two big decisions are set to take place today that will pretty much finish the puzzle known as “Core to Shore.” In the broader...

Police Association Offers No Response on Garage Land Swap

Last Friday I broke the story on Dennis and David Box offering to swap a 118-space parking lot on Main Street with a much...

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OKC Central Wrap Up

  Citizens Bank of Edmond is showing off some shots of their future home in Midtown. The bank will be joining Barrio’s and...

OKC Central: 701 Hudson update

Brent Swift's first entry into downtown development is absolutely changing the streetscape along Hudson and NW 6 and showing...

Fire on 26th floor of First National

Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire on the 26th floor of First National Center shortly after noon today. The 1931 Art Deco...

Changing Signs in Bricktown

New signs are popping up throughout Bricktown pointing to ongoing development and changes in the state's premier urban...

Join Bricktown Brewery 25th Celebration at 6 p.m.

So forgive me, but sometimes I have weeks where getting anything done is a major effort and quite frankly, my burn out this...

First Glimpse of LED Crown at BOK Park Plaza Tower

Kevin Motto is among those who I follow on Twitter who are constantly providing great pictures and updates on all that is going...

Work proceeding on new museum in Bricktown

Building permits have been filed with the city as the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Jim Thorpe Museum proceeds with its...

More Mural Art Coming to Bricktown

The “Earth to Sky” mural on the north wall of the Sheridan Avenue underpass by Chad “Nish” Earles and Rhiana Deck, and...

Eyesore on Film Row purchased by Hall family

For the past few weeks I’ve been tracking pending sales on Film Row, and the latest $650,000 purchase by Hall Capital...

Falling Asleep at the Wheel? Not Quite

So here's the story: Apparently the driver's breaks went out and I'm told he decided driving on the sidewalk was a better...

Special OKC Central Live Guest - City Manager Jim Couch

OKC Central Live Chat starts at the normal time today, 9:30 a.m. at www.newsok.com. But thanks to some schedule changes, I no...

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OKC schools may be named after civic leaders, not Confederate generals

Serious questions exist on these school histories. I write this as a history author who has written seven books about our...

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Omni deal a decade in the making

So this is it. On Tuesday, Oklahoma City could be set on a course for a 600-room Omni convention hotel in a deal that starts at...

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Bonus OKC Central Live Chat

A lot of questions didn't make the cut during Friday's chat due to glitches that caused a very slow processing of the answers I...

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No, Urban Renewal does NOT want to tear down Spaghetti Warehouse to Create a Parking Lot

The above alert sent out this morning is indeed alarming. The century-old building is to Bricktown what the Skirvin is to the...

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An Improved Corner at Broadway and Sheridan

January, 1977. It's a month I remember well - the month my late father, Robert Lackmeyer, opened the Sheraton Century Center...

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First Glimpse of Proposed Jewel Theatre Restoration

As time passes by, I am often reminded that younger generations don't quite grasp the extent of discrimination and bigotry...

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Plans Advancing for Renovations of Bricktown Eyesores

As development continues to ramp up in Bricktown, we're are seeing three longtime eyesores being transformed.  Interior...

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Downtown Development Round-Up

Energy prices may still be more volatile than most would like for Oklahoma City, but downtown development is barely slowing...

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A Look Back at Broadway Extension

For the first time in my memory, motorists are being kept off of Broadway Extension for an extended period of time as one of...

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St. Anthony Transformation Key to Midtown Revival

Visiting Midtown today, it's easy to forget the neighborhood could have taken an entirely different direction in 2003 when St....

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Historic Kamp's Grocery Sign Set to be Removed, Sold

The last reminder of what was once the city’s oldest grocery is set to disappear with owner James Vu seeking to sell off the...

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Future uncertain for collapsed Film Row building

A one-story building along Film Row that collapsed during Friday’s storms was set to be redeveloped for a law firm. Andy...

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First Look at Plans for Redeveloped Pioneer Building

Plans are advancing for redeveloping of one of downtown's most under-appreciated historic gems, the Pioneer Building at 401 N...

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First National story filled with glory, intrigue and drama

First National Center is widely considered one of Oklahoma City top architectural treasures. A local development team looks at...

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Historic Building Could Benefit from Dealership Move

On Tuesday I wrote about the risks property owners face sitting on historic buildings gambling their value will rise no matter...

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Eyesore set to be turned into $10 million event center with restaurant, waterfall

A 70-year-old derelict building along the Bricktown Canal, empty since 2002, is set to undergo a $10 million transformation...

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Staybridge Suites Rising Up in Bricktown

It took several years of waiting on new boulevard ramp connections to I-235, redesigns and other complications, but the long...

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Work to Start This Week on Broadway Park Building on Automobile Alley

Demolition is set to start this week on a 60-year-old former Conoco station to make way for a five-story retail building that...

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A Closer Look at the Proposed Oklahoma River Pedestrian Bridge

A few years ago, back when much of the RiverSport Adventures attractions and the boathouse district were still only a dream,...

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St. Patrick's Day spirit lives on in Bricktown despite parade cancellation

  The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, one of the oldest traditions in Bricktown, was cancelled this year due to streetcar track...

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Downtown Railroad Quiet Zone Set to Begin by Friday

Outdoor dining along Automobile Alley will no longer be interrupted by the piercing sound of a locomotive’s horn during next...

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Midtown Homeland Set to Undergo Long Requested Makeover

The only full-size grocery store in the greater downtown area is about to undergo an extensive renovation. The Homeland at the...

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First National - A New Hope

Folks downtown yesterday saw the first hint of a new hope (forgive me for stealing from Star Wars) for First National when...

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A Closer Look at Future HeyDay Entertainment in Lower Bricktown

When Red Pin Bowling Lounge on the canal level of the Centennial Building closed last summer along with Bolero's on street...

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This View Will Change

Take a good look at the above photo and you'll see one property that doesn't fit well with Midtown in 2017. Boulevard Cafeteria...

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New Fairfield Inn Plans Reveal Sleeker Hotel for Convention Center Site

Tulsa hotelier Andy Patel is moving forward with revised plans for his proposed Fairfield Inn & Suites following an...

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The End of Prairie Thunder Baking Company

Forgive me for not posting this sooner, it's been a busy holiday weekend. But yes, the news is true - Prairie Thunder Baking...

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A Safe and Healthy Civic Conversation for Thanksgiving Dinner

So we're all going to agree not to discuss politics when the family gets together. And Adele can't keep the peace forever. So...

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Naming the "Oklahoma City Convention Center"

It looks like I started quite the community discussion on Tuesday with my column about the naming of the future MAPS 3 park...

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Hall's Pizza Kitchen Set to Open in Midtown

A couple of weeks ago I sworn to secrecy when I learned Hall's Pizza Kitchen, a very popular food truck, is set to move into...

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Metta World Peace Sexually Assaulted by Ghost at Skirvin?

Well my oh my, add Metta World Peace to the list of NBA players who say they've had a spooky encounter at the Skirvin Hilton....

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A bookstore for Midtown? A grocery store for downtown?

A couple years ago a survey was conducted to see what retail was desired most downtown. No surprise a grocery ranked No. 1. And...

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Special OKC Central Live Chat with Cathy O'Connor

OKC Central Live Chat will start at the normal time today, 9:30 a.m., but when the clock hits 10:30 a.m., I will be joined by...

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KD's to become "Legacy Grill"?

A building permit filing on the city's website shows the restaurant we once knew as KD's is being rechristened as "Legacy...

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Looking Back at First National History - Commercials, Photos from its Glory Days

More thoughts on First National Center closing....  It is a sad irony the closing is occurring 30 years after the closing...

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First National: Dodged Bullets and Hoping for the Best

And now we hold our breath. That’s pretty much all we can do following the closing of First National Center on Friday. The last...

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RedPin joins list of closings - but there is more to this story

Add RedPin Bowling Lounge and the Basemenet Diner to the growing list of restaurant and entertainment venues closing this month...

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Unsustainable Flashback: 'No change needed'

Northwest Oklahoma City, north of Lake Hefner, circa 1969. Everything north of Memorial Road and west of Portland Avenue in...

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Unsustainable: Time to Delve into OKC's Future

No OKC Central Live Chats. No columns. Is Lackmeyer slacking off? Forgive me my absence the past couple of weeks, but I've been...

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Flashback: The Jones Assembly

Sometimes the process of finding historical photos involves giving up the hunt, lingering around, and seeing if one's prey pops...

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Meeting U.S. Surgeon General and learning what I can do about addiction

On Monday, I met U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. It was not our first encounter. I had listened to him address...

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Excitement on Automobile Alley with your Grandfather's Buick

It's no secret that Bob Howard is a vintage car buff, and before every storefront along Automobile Alley was brought back to...

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Is an opportunity being devoured by a Bricktown octopus?

  East Bricktown is quickly emerging as the center of a new live music hub for Oklahoma City. The Criterion is...

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Good Demolitions

Demolition has started on two eyesores - the rusted old portable classroom in front of Emerson School in Midtown and the former...

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Next for the Oklahoma River: Looking Ahead to Wheeler

The opening of RiverSport Rapids, and the start of introducing the various attractions along the Oklahoma River as RiverSport...

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I don’t know about journalism in Africa – but I know my journalism

In my apartment, I have pushed the bed so close to the window that I always notice the first rays of sunlight sneaking in...

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The people of Oklahoma, and the stories they tell

Three weeks ago, my flight touched down at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City at exactly 12.43 a.m.  I was coming...

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What is Urban Land Institute Oklahoma?

As I continue to blog and tweet about the #ULIOKtravels trip to Bentonville, Arkansas, I am reminded that not everyone is up to...

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Do We Want a Neighborhood Walmart Grocery in Downtown Oklahoma City?

  (Urban Walmart in Washington, D.C., courtesy of the Urban Land Institute) I am not a fan of Walmart. I am not a fan of...

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#ULIOKtravels - Bentonville, Arkansas

(The 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville is the only location for the chain that is not in a historical building. Each location...

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How to Fund Several Teacher Salaries and Improve the Urban Core

I've witnessed plans for a new Oklahoma City Public School headquarters morph several times with each change of...

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

The Festival of the Arts returns to its historic home next week in what is now known as Bicentennial Park (for me it will...

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Background on the Proposed Five-Story Development on Broadway

One of my ongoing tasks in tracking downtown development is to figure out what is real, what is likely to happen, and what is...

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Revisiting the "lost city"

A couple of years ago The Oklahoman switched from Word Press to an internal blogging platform to improve functions in the world...

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A Quick Glimpse Inside the Criterion

If you follow me on Periscope, you were able to join me Tuesday on a quick tour of the Criterion, the new live music venue in...

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OKC 1991, OKC 2016 - Mark Klett, Time to Revisit our Town

I've always been fascinated by a long out-of-print photo book featuring the work of Mark Klett. His "Photographing Oklahoma...

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An Aerial View of the Future Convention Center Site

In The Oklahoman today readers will get their first glimpse of how a convention center and conference hotel might look like now...

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More on the Walker Avenue Transformation

(photo from Organic Squeeze) I'm spending this afternoon at Organic Squeeze at The Edge in Midtown as I get work done before...

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Oklahoma City, 2016 - Great Fun Video From Oklahoma Urban Land Institute

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the second annual Oklahoma Urban Land Institute Impact Awards ceremony. The event was...

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A Closer Look at the Steelyard Hotels in Bricktown

NewcrestImage still has another approval to get from the Bricktown Urban Design Committee, but if history is a reliable guide,...

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A Closer Look at Plans for First National

Today was a busy day that started with really bad news (the halting of development on OGE Energy Center) and good news (a sale...

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A Good Look at the Tower Theater Lighting and Challenges Ahead

[brightcove]4697970170001[/brightcove] This is another amazing drone video by Stephen Tyler, one that captures the lighting of...

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Exciting Times Ahead in Film Row

What was once an area dismissed as being unfeasible for redevelopment is quickly proving otherwise. In today’s Oklahoman we get...

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New City Hall Fountain Looking Great

Forgive me, but for 25 years I've seen a pretty sad introduction to our city government. The fountain was hardly what it was...

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OKC Central News Round-Up

Let's try something new. I appreciate that our lives are busy, and those of us interested in what's going on downtown do our...

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Cathy O'Connor will be guest on OKC Central Live Chat

Cathy O’Connor, president of The Alliance for the Economic Development of Oklahoma City and director of the Oklahoma City Urban...

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Help Support Foster Wishes - Concert Tonight at the Wormy Dog Saloon

I've written before about my passion for Foster Wishes, a non-profit that ensures Christmas wish lists by thousands of foster...

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Thoughts on Panhandling

    When a proposal first popped up over the summer to essentially do away with panhandling and solicitations on...

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A Glimpse of the New City Hall Fountain

It's been decades since City Hall had a properly functioning fountain on its east plaza. When it was first built, it was quite...

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City Planning Staff Screwed Up?

  Several weeks ago I questioned how designer Larry Pickering had managed to paint a decades-old brick and cast stone...

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H&8th Cancelled

Sad to say it, but our chance to say goodbye to H&8th is being washed away by today’s rain. Brian Bergman, coordinator of...

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A Closer Look at Elliott Nelson's Letter on Villa Teresa

Over the past few days I've been writing columns and stories involving Tulsa businessman Elliott Nelson, owner of McNellie's,...

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Thank You Energy FC

Go Energy FC! At 6 p.m. today, the team, launched just two years ago, will have its shot at the USL Western Conference Finals...

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Two buildings imploded to make way for a 27-story tower in downtown Oklahoma City

The 11-story Black Hotel at 1 N Hudson Ave. and the adjoining Motor Hotel at 17 N Hudson Ave., were built in 1930 and were...

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Do An Online Tour of the Great Banking Hall at First National Center

Oklahoman Real Estate Editor Richard Mize has a great story and video today about new technology being employed by Price...

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Civic Center - Then and Now

- Photo by Joseph Mills Photography Type in just the right key word in The Oklahoman's archives and a nice surprise might just...

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Will the Bricktown Urban Design Committee Overlook Possible Past Defiance?

About a dozen years or so ago, dating back to when John Calhoun was the planner who coordinated the Bricktown Urban Design...

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Was There Ever a Sale Contract for First National Center?

What happened? There are so many twists and turns in the First National case that I imagine a lot of people are continuing to...

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Retail Likely for Gold Dome - Grocery Stores Looking at Anchor Spot

Jonathan Russell may be the owner that finally "gets it" when it comes to finding an adaptive re-use of the Gold Dome. The...

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Is This Mural Still in Storage at the OKC Public School Headquarters?

A rare, out of print book recently brought to my attention has me wondering about the fate of the above mural which was...

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Is Bricktown set to see a 10-story building built next to the ballpark?

The latest agenda for the Bricktown Urban Design Committee confirms a rumor I heard a few weeks ago - that a 10-story building...

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A Closer Look at the Savings and Loan Bar in Uptown

On Sunday, I reported on the craftsmanship going into the restoration of the Tower Theater and surrounding retail storefronts...

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More Views of the Upcoming Project 180 Pedestrian Plaza

Downtown has its short-cuts for pedestrians - especially at Robinson and Park Avenues - but they certainly aren't the easiest...

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Can Goodwill Make a Better Appearance along Uptown 23rd?

For the past several weeks readers have expressed dismay over the opening of the new Goodwill donation center that opened at NW...

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Got Anything to Chat About?

Yes, indeed, this week was pretty crazy, starting with news about the end of cotton seed and canola processing at Producers...

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Blighted Midtown Property Set to Become Showcase Home?

An apartment house seen as the source of crime and blight in Midtown has been cleared of its tenants and gutted by a new owner...

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"We’re legislating taste and being arbitrary doing it."

Ed Lynn, owner of the popular Buffalo Wild Wings on Northwest Expressway, may finally get to build his dream house. After...

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Live at 6:30 p.m. - panel discussion with David Wanzer, Allison Bailey and Nathaniel Harding

The rebuilding of downtown Oklahoma City is far from being complete. But as I visit with readers and civic leaders, the...

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Finishing Touches at Carnegie Centre

Several months have passed since the retail and commercial first floor and basement level of Carnegie Centre (the old downtown...

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Amazing Changes Ahead for Film Row?

Developers Mark Beffort and Andy Burnett are set to finally reveal their entire plan for development around the old Fred Jones...

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Yet Another Film Row Transformation Project

Try to keep up with me as I catch up with all the projects coming through on the next docket for the Downtown Design Review...

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More About the Pending First National Developer

One interesting story has popped up about developer Stephen Goodman following his interview yesterday – one that indicated his...

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The Music Ends at Urban Roots

Deep Deuce lost something very special this week. I could go with the cheap and easy headline and point out that Urban Roots,...

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No Special Effort at Design for Core to Shore?

Proposed Best Western for Core to Shore   This week may offer up some of the most damning evidence yet that the months...

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Cayla Lewis to take over at 16th Street Plaza District

The Plaza District Association announced today Cayla Lewis, previously its community relations coordinator, will take over as...

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No OKC Central Live Chat This Week - But I Do Have Updates

Friday will be mostly a day where I will be preparing for my first ever 5k walk at Sunday’s National Memorial Marathon. I will,...

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Flooding on Park Avenue Where Project 180 Rebuilding is Underway

Project 180 has had plenty of challenges over the past few years. Today, an apparent water main break is disrupting...

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First Look: Bricktown Burgers to be Transformed into New Dominos Restaurant

A lot of folks were saddened as Dick Parr closed the doors at Bricktown Burgers in December. The restaurant was around for two...

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Criticism and Memories

Some readers have indicated they are less than thrilled with the proposed design for an eight-story building at the gateway to...

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First Look at Rand Elliott's Addition to Downtown's Flat Iron Building

Let’s start with a statement we can all agree with: architect Rand Elliott is not subtle. This past year he and Chuck Ainsworth...

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First Look at Bricktown's Steelyard Hotels

ADG, which won accolades for its design of the Bricktown Inn Express, is once again working with Texas-based NewcrestImage on...

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Celebrating Healthy Living (and having fun) at Open Streets

Aerial Photo by Stephen Tyler, stphntylr.com The second annual Open Streets festival on Uptown NW 23 drew thousands on...

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Join Me For A Tour of the Hotel Marion and Appetizers and Drinks at Broadway/10 Chophouse

    On Monday, March 9th (next week), The Oklahoman will be hosting another Oklahoman VIP tour and visit with...

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The Oklahoman's Downtown History

While preparing coverage for this weekend’s coverage of The Oklahoman’s move to downtown, I delved into the history of the...

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Century Center, Then and Now

The Sheraton Century Center Hotel (now just known as the Sheraton Hotel) and Century Center Mall were developed concurrently...

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One of Oklahoma City's oldest film exchange buildings slated for the wrecking ball

Each day, I  slow down a little as I drive by this battered, but still beautiful building on my drive to and from The...

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A 21st Century Downtown Recreational Amusement Park Under Construction

Brian Bates is collecting some great aerial videos and photos of our changing city, and I appreciate him giving me permission...

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Promising Tenant Mix Lining Up for Arts District Garage

No leases are signed – not even letters of intent yet – but I can report the list of potential tenants for the ground floor of...

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Asking A Favor For A Friend

It’s no secret this was a tough week in the newsroom. One of the most talented folks I’ve been lucky enough to work with is...

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Saving What's Left

Six years have passed since I first suggested a public discussion might be needed about what I saw as a new wave of demolition...

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499 W Sheridan - Final Thoughts of the Day

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the lengthy discussion and debate that took place today as the Downtown Design Review...

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Competing Petitions Seek to Save/Destroy These Nine Buildings

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen corporate interests press so hard for public support for demolition of downtown properties as I’m...

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What Could Have Been

Vintage 1920s Conoco station at NE 3 and Walnut Avenue, as shown in these photos I discovered over the weekend at the Oklahoma...

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Petition Supporting Demolition of Downtown Buildings

It’s no secret that Preservation Oklahoma has been circulating a petition to save nine buildings that Texas-based Hines wants...

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

From time to time on the weekly OKC Central Live Chats I get questions that are best posed to my colleagues, most notably...

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Proposed Uptown 23rd Church

My Tuesday column has prompted quite a bit of discussion and questions about OKC Community Church wanting to buy a storefront...

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A Twitter Case Study in Midtown

Quite the discussion took place Saturday night on Twitter over a decision by Brown’s Bakery in Midtown to tow vehicles parked...

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Promises, Demolition and First National Center

Today’s story about First National Center being emptied out with no sale certain has people nervous. And despite there being no...

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Will This Be the New Downtown OKC Skyline?

I will never claim to be the best or even mediocre at various animation software programs – in fact this merge of the proposed...

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Guest Post - Lisa Feist: Come one, come all to the first ever Christmas Crawl!

A few weeks ago I shared with readers that from time to time I will using my blog to help raise support and awareness for...

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Flashback RetroPub to Open on Film Row

Flashback Retropub will finally become a reality – but instead of opening at The Rise on Uptown 23rd, the 80s arcade bar will...

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Behind the Headlines - Our Next Subscriber Event is Dust Bowl Lanes/Fassler Hall

Last month 30 subscribers were invited to join the fun as we did a Q&A with the new owners of the Tower Theater, followed...

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OKC Central Live Chat Starts EARLY Today - 9:30 a.m.

I’m fitting in live chat into a busy schedule today, so the chat will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 11 a.m. today. You can...

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Visit with The Oklahoman Business Staff

Demographics are changing. Business is changing. Consumer habits are changing. You can read about it every day in The...

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So How is TIF Money Being Spent?

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve delved into how tax increment financing (TIF) is employed downtown, especially as the city...

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Former Herman's Sea Food Restaurant Building at NW 16 and Classen Has New Ownership

The one time home of Herman’s Sea Food Restaurant, 1701 N Classen, has been bought by Dan Dill Companies, an operation led by...

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New Towers to Require Requested Record Amount of Tax Increment Financing

  High-rise development proposed for city-owned property south of where Stage Center stood will include a request for a...

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A Personal Request - Make this Christmas Special

At this moment, there are more than 12,000 children in Oklahoma’s foster care system. They are kids who have endured ugliness...

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Special OKC Central Live Chat All-Stars Edition at 1:30 p.m. today

Today, I am with a who’s who in the development and planning community on a bus headed toward San Antonio hosted by the Urban...

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Design Review at Work: More Revisions to the Criterion Music Hall in Bricktown

A few weeks ago I reported on plans by Matt Maley, an oil & gas guy and real estate investor from Colorado, to build a...

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Arts District Garage Now Open

The Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority, now known as EMBARK, hosted the grand opening of the new Arts...

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Fix Finally Underway on NE 2 Sidewalk Obstacle - The Rest of the Story

Over the past couple of years I must have written about a half dozen blog posts questioning, challenging and even mocking City...

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Cool Renovation Underway at 1116 N Robinson Avenue

A transformation is taking place in Midtown at 1116 N Robinson Avenue. The building, previously home to a prosthetics company...

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A Less Expensive Solution

As I reported this weekend, the Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday will be asked to restore $30 million to the budget for the...

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

It’s been a long but good week. We have wonderful fall weather today for the annual Carpe Diem chili cook-off hosted by VI...

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Carne Diem - Seize the Bowl of Chili!

The third annual Carne Deim chili cook-off street party is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday – a cool event hosted by VI...

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Jill's Story

A lot of smart, talented and creative folks are involved in transforming downtown Oklahoma City into something special. One of...

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Another Great Family Event for Bricktown - "Brick or Treat"

I continue to be impressed by the promotions being launched  by Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. since it took the reins at the...

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Uncertain Future for the Walcourt

When the Walcourt Apartments first opened in 1928, the complex was the pride and joy of its developer, H.E. Mussen. The city...

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Will Hider: A Tour of The Edge in Midtown

The Edge in Midtown is set to open next month. In the meantime, OKC Central contributor Will Hider is providing us with some...

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When the Design Review Process Works

Two images are on the Internet right now for the proposed Criterion concert venue in east Bricktown. The first image is one I...

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

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...

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Are You an Oklahoman VIP?

In about three months, The Oklahoman will be moving back home – to downtown, where it was a cultural, community and civic...

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Pizzeria Gusto at The Rise Looking Good

It’s been fun following the progress of Pizzeria Gusto on Facebook these days. After months of delays, The Rise shopping center...

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Transcript for Monday Evening "Towers" OKC Central Live Chat

3:55 NewsOK: Hey everyone. Steve will be logging in at 7 p.m. to discuss competing proposals submitted to the Oklahoma City...

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Barons/Energy/Myriad Gardens Pop-Ups Questions? Join OKC Central Live Chat at 10:30 a.m.

Over the past couple of years we’ve seen Bob Funk Jr.’s Prodigal operation become increasingly involved in contributing to the...

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Changing Downtown Skyline: the New Arts Garage Shows Its Colors

The above rendering was created more than a year ago by TAP Architecture to show what the new Arts Garage would look like when...

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OKC Central Live Chat Special Guest: Planning Director Aubrey Hammontree

I’m very happy to be hosting the city’s new Planning Director, Aubrey Hammontree, on today’s OKC Central Live Chat. Due to...

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Bleu Garten Magic - First Glimpse at OKC's First Full Time Food Truck Court

Wow. That’s my first reaction to Bleu Garten, which celebrated a “soft-opening” tonight (Tuesday) with a simple approach –...

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

OK, so the video is kinda dorky. But the music … ah heck, yeah, the music is still great. And sometimes you just have to “walk...

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Friday Live Chat Cancelled

  I’ll be back with the normal schedule next week.  

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The Actual Meet the Press Feature on Oklahoma City

Meet the Press Feature on Oklahoma City

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Great Oklahoma River Photos By NewsOK Contributor Will Hider

  I frequently feature the photography of Will Hider on OKC Central. I love his art – and it is art. He has an amazing...

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An Apology

    EARLIER TODAY I POSTED THIS Two days ago I unveiled what I think reflects the future site plan for the Stage...

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First Thoughts on Oklahoma City Meet the Press Segment

www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/mayor-cornett-executive-branch-needs-bridge-divide-n197711 - It’s really quite something that...

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Looking for Options - And Finding Them

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...

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

  If you’re attending Confluence today, you’re hearing details first as to why I think we are looking at the new site plan...

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OKC Central Live Chat Special Guest City Manager Jim Couch, 10:30 a.m. Friday

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....

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Will Hider: Glass Going Up at Century Center

Will Hider has an incredible eye, and his camera is never far away. His latest photos capture glass going up on my favorite...

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Great New Photo of Mideke Building Renovation in Bricktown

Renovations are well underway on the Mideke Building at 100 E Main, which will be home to Tapstone Energy and up to 150...

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A Closer Look at Proposed Paseo Development

In today’s Oklahoman, I reported on a proposal by former Rise co-developer Jeremy Foraker and Paseo restauranteur Sean Fiaconne...

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OKC Central Live Chat 10:30 a.m. Today, Special Chat at Elemental at 1:30 p.m. Today

Last week’s OKC Central Live Chat was a marathon session, going almost three hours before I finally had to call it quits with...

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

I constantly hear from folks who want to see Oklahoma City become more of a live music scene, not just featuring local artists...

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

OKC Central Live chat resumes today at its normal time. Comments and questions can be posted starting at 10 a.m. at NewsOK. The...

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More About the Billboard and the Maywood Apartments

Live tweeting at public meetings has its drawbacks. Such was the case at the Downtown Design Review meeting on Thursday. I...

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Remodeling Set for 16th Street Plaza Shopping Center

Steve Mason isn’t wasting much time improving the Plaza Shopping Center he recently purchased along NW 16th just east of...

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Changes at the Colcord Hotel, Flint and Vast

              Paul Coury is returning as operator of the Colcord Hotel and is teaming up...

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Something You Didn't Know About the Stage Center Development

The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority formerly issued a request for development proposals for the property south of Stage...

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

OKC Central Live Chat is at the normal time Friday. Comments and questions can be posted starting at 10 a.m. at NewsOK, the...

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More Love for OKC

The world’s most visible newspaper and an impressive upstart  website proclaiming to be the “encyclopedia of cool” both...

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OKC Central Chat

Jeff 10:38 a.m. Good morning Steve. Thanks again for doing the chat! Steve Lackmeyer 10:38 a.m. Thanks! Steve Lackmeyer 10:38...

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Will Chase Move Downtown Branch Out of Cotter Ranch Tower?

For years, a 1,014-square-foot, one-story building at the corner of Dean A. McGee and Broadway has stood as a reminder of what...

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OKC Central News Briefs - Midtown's Town House Hotel, Citizens Bank on NW 23

So much is going on, I’m resorting to a round-up on some ongoing stories and ones to keep an eye on over the next weeks and...

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City Hall Reporter Bill Crum Joins Me on Today's OKC Central Live Chat

Downtown remains a pretty busy place these days. Now we can add a bit of old fashioned MAPS uncertainty into the mix with bids...

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Jabee - Definitely in the Right Direction

I really hope everyone gives a listen to the above and below music videos by local, Emmy-winning musician and artist Jabee. I...

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

We return back to the normal OKC Central Live Chat today. No guests. Fairly open schedule (though I don’t want it drag on for...

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Full Length Video of the Wheeler District Charrette Presentation

NewsOK Video Director went above and beyond the call of duty on Wednesday assisting me in reporting on the Wheeler District...

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A Closer Look at the Rock Island Plow Building

Renovations are well underway at the Rock Island Plow Building at Reno and Oklahoma Avenues in Bricktown. The building stood...

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Purchase Offers Are in For First National Center

Today, July 17, 2014, was the day the development community has awaited for months. First National Center, built over three...

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Saying Goodbye to Scottye Montgomery

Tonight as I review the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting of the Downtown Design Review Committee, I am reminded that our city has...

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The Passing of Shannon Self

Shannon Self isn’t a name recognized as quickly as Larry Nichols, Tom Ward or Aubrey McClendon. Even among major real estate...

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Changing Leadership at IAO Gallery

Kendall Brown, who has served as Executive Director of the Individual Artists of Oklahoma for the past two years, has been...

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Midtown Garage - A Design Refresher

Architectural accents are being installed this week on the new Midtown Garage being built on NW 10 between Robinson Avenue and...

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A Question of Trash at the Proposed Springhill Suites

Atul Patel fared far better in pitching his plans for a Springhill Suites hotel as designed above for Bricktown in comparison...

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OKC Central Live Chat Returns with a Special Guest

Cathy O’Connor knows far more than I do about what’s going on, and what’s about to take place downtown. She’s president of The...

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Downtown Street Life

When I look at Robinson Avenue these days, I see a street that will be alive. And I see, of course, the future home of The...

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Exhibit C - A Big Addition for Bricktown Tourism

Today was one of those days where the whole time space continuum question that dogged Captains Kirk and Pickard simply could...

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Stage Center - The Place, The Memories

The end of Stage Center, originally known as Mummer’s Theater, is finally upon us. I broke the story today that demolition may...

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What If?

After scouring aerial photos of the John F. Kennedy neighborhood and surrounding areas, including Bricktown, I noticed that the...

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Intriguing Possibilities at Page Woodson

A couple of intriguing proposals are in for the area around the old Page Woodson school. For the longest time, it appeared this...

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Automobile Alley - Looking Back

  I had fun Thursday night joining old friend Chad Huntington on a tour of Automobile Alley. Broadway is thriving these...

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

OKC Central Live Chat starts at 10:30 a.m. and will end promptly at 11:30 a.m. You can start posting comments and questions at...

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A Closer Look at the Future 21C Museum Hotel

My latest story delves into the design of the conversion of the former Fred Jones assembly plant at 900 W Main Street into a...

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Will New Flatiron Renderings Get Green Light From Urban Renewal?

It looks like the redevelopment of the long empty Flatiron building at N 6th and Harrison Avenue has undergone yet another...

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Will Hider: Great New Photos of Bricktown Holiday Inn Express

Work is progressing rapidly now on the Bricktown Holiday Inn Express at Main Street and Oklahoma Avenue. OKC Central...

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Springhill Suites Project Revived for Bricktown

This project, at 600 E Sheridan Avenue, at first glance looks a lot like the one that was rejected for Deep Deuce though it may...

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Will Stage Center be Demolished This Next Month?

As I first reported June 5, fencing is set to go up around Stage Center as the date of demolition nears for the architectural...

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

OKC Central Live Chat is at its new regular starting time today, 10:30 a.m., on NewsOK. You can start posting comments and...

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Bricktown Music Hall Now "BMH"

Not sure I get the name switch, but give Bob and Norm Bekoff credit – they gave live music a shot at the Bricktown Music Hall....

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Development Update: Deep Deuce Firehouse, Maywood Apartments, Phase 2

Now that the OKC Central blog is up and running, I am trying to provide some quick updates they’re available. Two projects that...

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo9t5XK0FhA The new starting time remains in effect – you can start posting comments and...

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Construction Update: The Metropolitan Apartments

Construction has started up on Metropolitan, a 330-unit, $45 million apartment complex that will be the largest single housing...

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Downtown Events! From Downtown OKC Inc.

Rock the Boat This Weekend on the Bricktown Canal Come out this Saturday, June 7for the second annual Rock the Boat...

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A Closer Look at Broadway 10

It’s amazing to think what gems wait to be discovered downtown. My latest story, (put link to story...

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Join Me at Full Circle Bookstore, 3 p.m. Today

I've been very blessed over the years to have two great partners in my endeavors to tell the history of our city – co-author...

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Bricktown Towers?

For the past several weeks I’ve been digging into a phantom project – one that as of yet does not exist and yet is eagerly...

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Design Changes Proposed for Downtown Boulevard

The comment period appears to be over on the four potential designs for the downtown boulevard, but have no doubt, this...

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New 10:30 a.m. Start Time for Friday OKC Central Live Chat

As I adjust to some changing circumstances in my schedule, we may be looking at the weekly OKC Central Live Chat changing from...

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OKC Central Live Chat Transcript - Band-Aid Edition

Several of you have asked about the live chat transcript and yes, it wasn’t posted as usual today.

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More Questions than Answers on the Downtown Boulevard

I spent more than an hour tonight trying to understand the four downtown boulevard design options presented by the Oklahoma...

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A Better View of the Boulevard Design "Scored" Highest by ODOT

Imagine being a student and being able to determine what criteria will be used to determine the grade on your test.

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Early 9:30 a.m. Start for OKC Central, Early End

Early, of course, is relative. When this chat started a couple of years ago, it was supposed to go one hour, from 10 a.m.

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

You know the routine – start posting comments and questions at 9:30 a.m.

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Rand Elliott Proposes to Tear Down Flatiron Building at 7 N Harrison

Architect Rand Elliott has filed an application with the city planning department to tear down the above building at 7 N...

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Where to Eat/Drink After Tonight's Play-Off Game

Every year the Thunder make the play-offs, a question starts hitting Twitter late at night: where can fans go for food and...

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A New Glimpse of the Future Pizzeria Gusto at The Rise

It was, for the longest time, one of the most pathetic, depressing corners in the urban core of Oklahoma City, creating an...

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OKC Central Live Chat at 10 a.m., Great Clip of Jabee, Miss Cooki Turner from 2010

I’ve been an admirer of local singer Jabee for a while now, and I’m thrilled for his ongoing success and the recognition he’s...

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OKC Central with Steve Lackmeyer: March 28 chat recap

NewsOK Sports 10:11 a.m. Good morning everybody! Steve 10:11 a.m. Let's try that again. Steve 10:12 a.m. I am at the new...

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Towers in Lower Bricktown: Reality or Fantasy?

It’s a lovely rendering. Really. I’d love to see this become a reality.

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Another Special OKC Central Live Chat: Ambassador Hotel

I’ll be hanging out at yet another hotel this morning, but at least this one won’t involve flying halfway across the country.

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Special OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

Let’s have some fun today, shall we? I just completed an overnight stay at the flagship 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville,...

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Will Hider's Lens Captures Debut of Buick Sign Lighting

I’m not sure who’s scrambling more to keep up with everything that’s going on around downtown – David Morris, NewsOK’s...

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Don't Believe the Rumors: The Metropolitan is Alive

A rumor lurking around town and online is that because The Metropolitan apartment project has been quiet for a few months that...

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Will Hider Checks in at Midtown's New Ambassador Hotel

The vision: For those keeping score, Midtown is about to run out of historic buildings begging for a makeover.

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Deep Green Thoughts - St. Patrick's Day in Bricktown

“It’s a beautiful day in Bricktown” – voice mail greeting on Jim Brewer’s phone until the day he died.

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

You know the drill – you can start posting comments and questions at 9:30 a.m., the discussion starts at 10 a.m.

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The Premature Demise of Foodies

Forgive me for the delay in getting this story out, but yes, Foodies Asian Diner in Midtown is no more.

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

Ok. So that was a busy week. Regular live chat today. Comments and questions can be posted at NewsOK starting at 9:30 a.m., the...

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New Animation of MAPS 3 Streetcar

An impressive new animation of the future streetcar is out, and a close view shows its reach far more than some might expect.

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

Alright boys and girls, it’s time for yet another OKC Central Live Chat.

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Will Hider: The Hotel Marion

Frequent OKC Central contributor Will Hider has stayed busy the past few weeks, and his latest photos of the renovations now...

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OKC Central Live Chat Special Guest

I will have another guest with me during Friday’s OKC Central Live Chat.

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Nine of the Most Beautiful Buildings We Ever Razed - OKC Edition

The folks over at Gizmodo are out with a list of buildings that many will look at and wonder “what were they thinking?” in...

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Special OKC Central Live Chat With Guest Bill Crum

Well, I’m not sure anyone noticed that I’ve not blogged in two weeks.

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

Sorry to disappoint some folks, but plans to have Oklahoman City Hall Reporter Bill Crum as a live chat guest are cancelled for...

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Who is Excited About the Future Core to Shore Park?

I’m surprised there was such little coverage of the city council approving new plans for the future Core to Shore park to be...

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You Must Watch this Ted Talk Video if You Care About OKC

I don’t report on cars, so why I do I am urging folks to watch a Ted Talk by a BMW car designer?

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

Normal routine. You can start posting comments and questions when the chat board goes up on NewsOK at 9:30 a.m., the discussion...

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Will Hider - New Views of the Deep Deuce, Bricktown Skyline

Frequent OKC Central contributor Will Hider has stayed busy capturing  photos and videos of our ever changing skyline.

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More on the Fretwell Family and Sycamore Square

In today’s Oklahoman, I have a story about the sale of the Sycamore Square apartments.

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

Yep, I’m back. The two-week vacation was much needed.

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Flashback: Development of Conference Hotel Needed With New Convention Center

New convention center is priority, study finds By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@opubco.com Wednesday, March 11,...

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Flashback: Oklahoma City Chamber Urges City to Look at Large Conference Hotel

City chamber explores shift to tier two city   By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer Thursday, January 18, 2007 Edition:...

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Merry Christmas OKC!

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Downtown Christmas Memories of Old

Ah, Christmas of old downtown…. a look back before we celebrate our present and future….

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"What Christmas Is All About"

Merry Christmas everybody.

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Best Speech I've Ever Heard Explaining Preservation of Historic Architecture

WKRP wasn’t just funny. WKRP wasn’t just a show that featured great music and acting.

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I Love NYC

This is awesome.

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Branding Fail?

Way, way back in 2011, back when Mayor Mick Cornett presided over what was then a fairly peaceful, compliant city council, he...

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OKC Central - Vacation

This past year has been quite a ride, with plenty of ups and downs.

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More Towers Are Coming*

So now we can quit calling Rainy Williams’ project the “mystery tower” or the “Stage Center site tower.” We now know quite a...

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today (With Guest)

My friends back in high school tolerated a lot of stupidity from me, so when I can do something nice to offset such kindness, I...

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MAPS 20th Anniversary Legacy - What's Next?

I’ve written and produced an incredible amount of material for this weekend’s special coverage of the upcoming MAPS 20th...

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MAPS 20th Anniversary - Neighborhood Legacies

We’re seeing a lot of historical revisionism going on with politics being politics.

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today (and other thoughts)

Hopefully you’ve read about the latest Christmas gift for OKC - the unveiling of the GE Oil and Gas Technology Center set to be...

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No more public incentives for blighted properties?

I hope you’ve been following the City Hall coverage by William Crum.

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Guest Post: Greg Elwell - A Retweet Please for the OMRF

Greg Elwell Public Affairs Specialist Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation I’m as materialistic as anybody.

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John Norquist to Ed Shadid (2012): Don't Allow Politics Delay Streetcar

Way back in 2012, John Norquist, president of the Congress of New Urbanism, was hosted by Councilman Ed Shadid at a town hall...

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OKC Central Live Chat - 10 a.m. Friday - Thanksgiving Edition

Judge Radar, here’s your song. So this “black” Friday will be a bit of an experiment.

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An End to the Annual Downtown Halloween Parade?

I’m going to bury the lede on this post, because I think the most important thing we can all say about the parade is this:...

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

Things are going a bit crazy these days. Downtown/urban core development is hitting a pace we’ve not seen in a century.

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Turmoil at The Skirvin?

On Friday I shared with readers my visit with Roseann Grippo, the new general manager at the Skirvin Hotel.

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A New Manager at the Skirvin

It’s been a long and tough week, but one of the bright spots was meeting Roseann Grippo, the new general manager of the Skirvin...

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The Story of Sauced in Paseo

Somehow the link broke to my story on Sauced. I will add that a person who was employed by the place and identified himself to...

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No OKC Central Live Chat Today

We’ll talk again next week.

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A Closer Look at The Rise

If Uptown 23rd is to become the vibrant retail corridor it was in its glory days 40 years ago, a shrinking to do list must be...

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Long-time Investment Paying Off for St. Anthony Hospital

When the Plaza Tower Hotel opened on August 21, 1960, it was a significant moment in the long recovery of Oklahoma City from...

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Satan Returns to Oklahoma City

That’s the headline on my story today on the return of the book “And Satan Came Also …” I want to know who wrote it – I love it.

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OKC Central Live Chat at 10 a.m. Today, Special Guest Jane Jenkins

A few months ago I started experimenting with including a guest on OKC Central Live Chat, and quite frankly, I think we all...

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Nicholas Preftakes is Doing Something - But What?

The mystery involving Nicholas Preftakes and the properties he has acquired over the past several years continues to bewilder...

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Another Great Will Hider Photo Collection: John W. Rex Elementary

Regular OKC Central contributor Will Hider continues to provide some great photos of our constantly changing downtown skyline.

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Flashback: When Planning is Denied a Vote in Shaping the City

Past policy could determine Core to Shore park’s future   By Steve Lackmeyer Tuesday, April 3, 2012 Edition: DRIVE,...

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

You know the routine – you can start logging in with questions and comments at 9:30 a.m., the discussion begins at 10 a.m.

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The New Greyhound Station or a Strip Club Across from the Future American Indian Cultural Center

If all goes according to plan, all bus operations at the old Union Station downtown are set to move either today or tomorrow to...

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So Much Going On, So Few Blog Posts

Let’s just let the pictures tell the story, shall we?

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Special Early 9:30 a.m. Start for OKC Central, Guest: Jonathan Dodson

I’m going to require everyone to start a half hour early today, but there’s a reward for those who join us – Jonathan Dodson,...

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. today

You know the routine. You can start posting comments and questions on the NewsOK business page starting at 9:30 a.m., chat...

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

OK, so OKC Central Live Chat is set for the usual time, 10 a.m.

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Flashback: The Last Days of the Oklahoma City Wonder Bread Bakery

The emails and calls came, as expected. Where, they asked, was the Wonder Bread/Hostess bakery downtown?

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Flashback: City Spent Years Trying to Bring Back Streetcars

With the recent adoption of a route for a modern streetcar, questions are popping up about the streetcars that once spanned the...

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

You know the routine (no, not the 11 a.m. delay bit). You can start posting comments and questions on the NewsOK business page...

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Flashback: Urban Renewal

So let’s delve back in history, shall we? Today I’m meeting with some students from the University of Oklahoma, speaking about...

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OKC Central Live Chat - What? Delayed Again? Yep - 11 a.m. Today

Hat tip to Bill Crum for sharing this video – love it – Elvis Costello and the Roots.

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One Final Post to Ensure Everyone Stays Mad at Me

I don’t know who Nancy K. Anderson is, but she has been very persistent in emailing The Oklahoman and city council members...

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Flashback: Ed Shadid on MAPS 3, Streetcars

During Tuesday’s city council meeting, Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid described himself as the “loyal opposition” to the streetcar...

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Another Project 180 Job for Rudy Construction

Remember when the streets around City Hall and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art were torn up as a part of Project 180, and then...

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City Staff: Core to Shore Park Designers Never Sought to Save Film Exchange Building

When the MAPS 3 citizens park subcommittee meets on Wednesday, will they be told the truth?

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DELAYED OKC Central Live Chat - Starts at 11 a.m. Today

Today I’ll be covering the opening of KOSU on Film Row at 10 a.m., so live chat will begin an hour later today at 11 a.m.

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Will Hider: A Look at Deep Deuce

Yesterday I told you about what is set to happen in Deep Deuce in terms of housing.

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Prediction: Deep Deuce Will Be Fully Developed Within Five Years

In my OKC Central column today, I spoke about the ongoing downtown housing boom, and what’s next.

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

You know the routine. Begin posting questions and comments at 9:30 a.m.

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Expect Delays on Broadway Extension Monday Morning

This is not an advisory by Oklahoma City Police, the Highway Patrol or the Department of Transportation.

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So What Happens Next at Santa Fe Depot?

That’s the question being asked following my story today about the $13.6 million federal grant announced for conversion of the...

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Free Ice Cream? Heck Yeah - If You're Downtown!

From Downtown Oklahoma City Inc: Each year, employees who work in downtown Oklahoma City look forward to taking a little break...

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

You know the routine. You can start posting comments and questions starting at 9:30 a.m.

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Glimpse of a Future Steak Dinner

Whenever I comment about the ups and downs of MAPS, I go back to the old analogy of witnessing the butchering of the steer...

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A Purchase To Celebrate

A couple of interesting real estate transactions have taken place this past month, but this one has me intrigued and excited.

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A Look at Downtown OKC Through the Eyes of the Twitterverse

It’s not exactly a scientific survey or a focus group, but it’s often helpful to see how downtown Oklahoma City is faring by...

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Rock Island Plow Building Up Close

Another busy week, but one story I hope wasn’t lost in the mix was the upcoming renovation of the Rock Island Plow Building in...

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

You know the routine – you can start posting questions and comments at 9:30 a.m.

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Streetcars in 2017?

So this is where it gets real. Maybe. As reported today by Bill Crum, the MAPS 3 citizens review board approved a streetcar...

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East Bricktown Project: Before and After

I know, I know, I’m posting a lot today. But there’s a lot going on.

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

You know the routine. The forum pops up at 9:30 a.m. on the NewsOk business page, at which time you can start entering...

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Questions and Answers - Dead Trees, Mosquitoes and Barbershops

Answers to questions asked, questions set to be asked: Question: What’s up with the stagnant water being allowed to sit at the...

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The Cage - Another Way Downtown OKC is Becoming an Incredibly Cool Place

I’m still trying to keep up with everything going on in OKC Central.

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Street Names, Part Two

| In my column Tuesday, I noted some issues that might arise, and some silliness too, involving street renaming efforts in...

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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

Last night I talked about tonight’s festivities on Film Row.

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Friday Night and You're Bored? You're Not Trying

First, let’s take a look at last Friday night with “Live on the Plaza” at the 16th Street Plaza District: OK, that was last week.

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Now and Then: 8 NW 8

Now: Then (1945, home of Goodrich Tire)

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Creating a Divide?

Do you think that certain politicos and news organization social media accounts are trying to create a divide between downtown...

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MidTown Mutts Dog Park

This town is going to the dogs. And that’s OK. The backlog of things going on downtown that I need to tell you about is almost...