Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author 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 (now 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."
Lackmeyer spent two years visiting Main Street communities around the state, documenting their preservation efforts and the return of commerce to the heart of the state’s small towns. This effort was recognized in 2007 with a “Friend of Main Street” award by the Oklahoma Main Street Center. That same year he also was honored with the B.H. Prasad Award given in recognition of his coverage of architecture by the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. His coverage of downtown Oklahoma City was recognized with a first-time “Presidents Award” given to him in 2014 by Downtown OKC Inc.
Lackmeyer is author of five books about the city’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. In 2012 he authored a 1,500-word cover story about the history of development and architecture in Oklahoma City for the magazine Architectural Record.
Lackmeyer’s involvement with Retro Metro OKC began as a founding member and officer of the group, which started with organizational efforts in 2009 and an official launch in 2010. The group is a non-profit organization that has helped or organize displays on the history of city government, the city’s vintage restaurants and Bricktown. The organization’s key effort, however, is the scanning and display of privately owned photographs and materials. The website www.retrometrookc.com is home to thousands of such materials, including original video documentaries and videos of monthly speakers.
Steve is a frequent speaker on Oklahoma City development and history, with appearances on television stations OETA, KWTV, KFOR, KSBI, radio stations KTOK, KGOU, KOSU, WKY, KOKC and NPR, various newspapers including the New York Times and the Seattle Times, local Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs, the 2010 National Main Streets Conference and the 2013 Oklahoma Preservation Conference.

  • Rural Sourcing aims to compete against world from Bricktown

    Rural Sourcing aims to compete against world...

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 11 hours ago

    Rural Sourcing, a software development company, is set to start hiring for its proposed new location in Bricktown later this year with plans to staff up to 150 people or more after three years.

  • People focus part of Innovation District effort in Oklahoma City

    People focus part of Innovation District effort...

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 11 hours ago

    The proposed “innovation district” encompasses an area alternately known as the Oklahoma Health Center, OU Medical Center and the Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.

  • OKC City manager's retirement coincides with start of new era

    OKC City manager\'s retirement coincides with...

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 day ago

    The announcement by Jim Couch on Monday that he is set to retire doesn't just mark the end of a record stint as city manager, nor is it notable only for how it was a time of growth and innovation for Oklahoma City.

  • Myriad Gardens merry-go-round is ready for customers

    Myriad Gardens merry-go-round is ready for...

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 day ago

    It was sunset and, even with Shakespeare at the Park performing at the water stage, Myriad Gardens was fairly quiet with just a handful of people strolling along the trails. Then the lights went on at the Carousel — not even formerly open yet — and a diverse mix of families and young people gathered at the gate. Maureen Heffernan, director of the gardens, couldn't resist giving the families a special, unscheduled ride. The ride operator, following her directions, turned on the music and flipped the switch. The carousel came to life and the kids and their parents couldn't have been more thrilled. "With the lights on in the evening, it's not just beautiful, it's magical,” Heffernan said. “When the lights go

  • Jim Couch announces retirement as city manager of Oklahoma City

    Jim Couch announces retirement as city manager...

    By Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: 1 day ago

    Jim Couch, the longest serving city manager in Oklahoma City history, is announcing his retirement this morning to the approximately 4,500 employees he has overseen for the past 18 years. Couch started his career with the city as its water utilities director and was then enlisted to help reorganize the city’s then struggling MAPS program. During his tenure as city manager, the city entered into an era of successful partnerships that included overhauling local public schools, restoring and reopening the historic Skirvin hotel and recruiting employers adding thousands of jobs to Oklahoma City. Kristy Yeager, city spokeswoman, said further details about Couch’s departure will be released later this morning.

  • OKC lost a good man today: Celebrating Thomas Rossiter

    OKC lost a good man today: Celebrating Thomas...

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: 2 days ago

    Six months. Ask yourselves, what would you do with six months if that was all you had left? That is pretty much what banker Thomas Rossiter faced after finding out what he thought might be a bad sinus infection was in fact far, far worse - an aggressive form of brain cancer. Rossiter didn't give...

  • OKC Central Commentary: Autonomous vehicles, MAPS and more

    OKC Central Commentary: Autonomous vehicles,...

    Updated: 4 days ago

    OKC Central Commentary: Autonomous vehicles, MAPS and more

  • Oklahoma River to get a tree makeover

    Oklahoma River to get a tree makeover

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 days ago

    A mostly barren 3.5-mile stretch of the Oklahoma River south of downtown is set to get an influx of 1,000 trees, patches of wildflowers and natural grasses, and about 50 natural stone benches as part of a 50th anniversary celebration next year by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. The Oklahoma River was lined with trees when it was a prairie river in the city's earliest years, but flooding prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to straighten and widen the waterway, strip out all the trees and line it with rocks. The result was an ugly spillway that was dry more often than not.

  • Bricktown building to house software company bringing 150 jobs to OKC

    Bricktown building to house software company...

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 days ago

    Rural Sourcing, a software development company with no presence in Oklahoma, is set to open an office employing 150 people at the Rock Island Plow building in Oklahoma City's Bricktown.

  • Recap: OKC Central chat with Steve Lackmeyer

    Recap: OKC Central chat with Steve Lackmeyer

    Updated: 4 days ago

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer chatted with readers about downtown OKC issues Friday. Read a full transcript of the chat below.

  • Downtown Steel

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: 5 days ago

    Infill development is continuing to move forward with two Midtown office buildings rising from the ground. As I drive along Robinson, I'm reminded that we're about to see a dense, urban street wall emerge that will change the entire feel and vibe of the area.

  • Work to resume this fall at Gold Dome in Oklahoma City

    Work to resume this fall at Gold Dome in...

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 days ago

    Work is set to resume on the Gold Dome in Oklahoma City this fall as developer Jonathan Russell attempts to reverse damage done by prior owners when they painted and sealed the geodesic dome.

  • Artwork to cover streets at 3 Classen-10-Penn intersections in Oklahoma City

    Artwork to cover streets at 3 Classen-10-Penn...

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Sep 11, 2018

    Oklahoma City is taking an unprecedented step in bringing public art to neighborhoods with a series of murals to be painted on residential street intersections in and around Classen-10-Penn just west of downtown.

  • Heartland headquarters incentives deal advances in Oklahoma City Council

    Heartland headquarters incentives deal advances...

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Sep 11, 2018

    The Oklahoma City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to allow city staff to finalize incentive agreements that would provide $1 million in jobs payments and another $2.3 million in tax increment financing for a seven-story downtown Oklahoma City headquarters to be built for Heartland Payment Systems.

  • Social media posts about Film Row property misleading

    Social media posts about Film Row property...

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Sep 10, 2018

    The social media account some associate with The Paramount along Film Row indicates tenants are being emptied out and the building is for sale for $6.8 million. The posting repeats a listing first created earlier in the year for SVN/Land Run. And indeed, the building's anchor tenants, Noir cafe, The Plant Shoppe and Okay Yeah Coffee Shop, all have departed over the past several weeks. Over the past several months I've tried to reach out to Melodie Garneau, the managing partner of the property, only to discover recently she separated from the group earlier this year. A reader inquired earlier this month about the posted sale and what was happening with the Film Row landmark. My answer? The $6.

  • Uptown revival in Oklahoma City continues with new infill construction

    Uptown revival in Oklahoma City continues with...

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Sep 07, 2018

    Misha Goli is now a second-generation Dunkin' Donuts franchisee and is opening his ninth store at NW 23 and Hudson Avenue in the Uptown district in Oklahoma City.

  • City to end eminent domain for downtown boulevard connection to Bricktown

    City to end eminent domain for downtown...

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Sep 07, 2018

    The Oklahoma City Council is set to decide Tuesday whether to drop its eminent domain effort to acquire a parking lot to connect Oklahoma Avenue in Bricktown to the Oklahoma City Boulevard.

  • BancFirst closes deal to buy OKC's second-tallest building

    BancFirst closes deal to buy OKC\'s...

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Sep 07, 2018

    The 36-story building formerly known as Cotter Ranch Tower is back in local ownership after 14 troubled years of control by the late Texan James Cotter.

  • An eyesore on Classen is set to disappear

    An eyesore on Classen is set to disappear

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Sun, Sep 02, 2018

    Over the past few months the former Phillips 66 station at NW 17 and Classen has fallen into disrepair, overgrown with weeds and the closed business attracting some trash along the way. It's an unfortunate development with the successful renovation of Homeland next door. But this story has a...

  • OKC Central Chat: Film Row going through growing pains in Oklahoma City

    OKC Central Chat: Film Row going through...

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 31, 2018

    OKC Central Chat: Film Row going through growing pains in Oklahoma City




Steve's OKC Central Today at 12:18 AM @TheOkaySee @NewsOK You are wrong. Tried to contact noir thru their twitter dm. Also did try calling mel.
Steve's OKC Central Tue, Sep. 18 2018 06:49:46 PM CST RT @_Bricktown: Well, hello Ray Ackerman Dancing Fountains! 😍 Big thanks to @okcparks and @cityofokc for getting these up and running! htt…
Steve's OKC Central Tue, Sep. 18 2018 06:48:39 PM CST RT @Cassi_Sue: Our 2nd popup happy hour at #kerrpark is a success! Join us next time! We meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month after work. #k…
Steve's OKC Central Tue, Sep. 18 2018 06:34:04 PM CST RT @BleuGarten: Tonight! 🙌🏽🙌🏽 https://t.co/qKwH21nwLT
Steve's OKC Central Tue, Sep. 18 2018 06:32:57 PM CST RT @codylusnia: This might explain a lot of why N Walker is so rough and washboard in a lot of areas. Giving it a 90% chance the streetcar…
Steve's OKC Central Tue, Sep. 18 2018 06:17:26 PM CST Spotted @OKCStreetcar in the wild. So cool. https://t.co/OkehRM7MGy
Steve's OKC Central Tue, Sep. 18 2018 06:04:12 PM CST Great photo gallery by Oklahoman photo editor Doug Hoke: New carousel spins at the Myriad Gardens https://t.co/R6CUKe8xgh via @newsok
Steve's OKC Central Tue, Sep. 18 2018 03:58:15 PM CST RT @mental_floss: How to Make Classic Chicken Noodle Soup With One Pot — https://t.co/oPFoifiWrc https://t.co/5iDi9RQI29
Steve's OKC Central Tue, Sep. 18 2018 03:53:40 PM CST Soup weather. https://t.co/OzwOwtnXE6
Steve's OKC Central Tue, Sep. 18 2018 03:29:47 PM CST That bank is now closed. https://t.co/1kcT3LDExI
Steve's OKC Central Tue, Sep. 18 2018 02:48:01 PM CST RT @emilyrsutton: I haven’t seen Lake Hefner this full in a long time! 💦💦💦It’s hot and humid - our heat index is already in the mid to uppe…
Steve's OKC Central Tue, Sep. 18 2018 02:44:26 PM CST RT @annalecta: Supreme Court vacates Chief Justice Roberts’ stay on Crossroads GPS case, presumably meaning the lower court’s ruling—which…
Steve's OKC Central Tue, Sep. 18 2018 02:40:04 PM CST RT @unfrsakn: OKC Coliseum “Once-proud coliseum stands forlorn and unused now, outmoded by a growing city's new event centers and changing…
Steve's OKC Central Tue, Sep. 18 2018 02:31:07 PM CST RT @unfrsakn: September 20 1928 @NewsOKPhoto #LibraryLife Photos with no people, and no explanations. #okgateway @okhistory #ohsphotoarch h…
Steve's OKC Central Tue, Sep. 18 2018 02:28:25 PM CST What a terrible loss for OKC... burned down about 40 years ago. https://t.co/1GYeAM5IqO
Steve's OKC Central Tue, Sep. 18 2018 01:49:24 PM CST RT @SmartGrowthUSA: President Trump’s 2019 budget proposed eliminating or cutting many of the programs critical for revitalizing cities and…
Steve's OKC Central Tue, Sep. 18 2018 01:39:24 PM CST Cool to see if vintage game with Mario Kart suddenly become popular again. I always laughed at that weird small and ugly mushroom character.
Steve's OKC Central Tue, Sep. 18 2018 01:37:54 PM CST Soup? Did you say soup? https://t.co/7nTYtzPLp0
Steve's OKC Central Tue, Sep. 18 2018 12:36:09 PM CST My best guesses: Carnation on NW 23 or Katz in Capitol Hill. https://t.co/As2MkbkujQ