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Steve Lackmeyer
Steve Lackmeyer

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.

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Applications open for second phase of small business assistance

The second phase of Oklahoma City’s Small Business Continuity Program is accepting applications for assistance from small...

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Red Andrews Dinner organizer Betty McCord dies from COVID-19

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East Side, Capitol Hill scarce on applications for city small business assistance

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

Today's live chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

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Weekend carnival in Bricktown canceled

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Recap: OKC Central Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

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Amazon set to expand with 1 million square foot facility, estimated to employ 1,000

Newly filed building permits show the developer tasked with building many of Amazon’s large warehouse and industrial centers is...

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Grants announced for Black landmarks in OKC and Tulsa

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

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Recap: OKC Central Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

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Amended Costco deal approved by city council

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Good news still to be found amidst bleak economy and pandemic

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Chesapeake Energy transformation of OKC came with a price

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Costco adding 459 jobs to future operations center, but average salary is dropping

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Opinion: Reopenings may collapse as infections spread

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Entrepreneur faces charges in claimed $1.4B hospital lab-billing scheme

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Renovations on tap for BancFirst Tower interior, exterior

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

This week's OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

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Oklahoma City Convention Visitors Bureau president to retire this fall

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OKC Human Rights Commission dissolved over LGBT issues

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Marland Oil brand returns to Automobile Alley with completion of Broadway Park

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Recap: OKC Central Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer chatted with readers about issues related to downtown Oklahoma City this morning.

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Tulsa contractor pays $2.8 million to settle fraudulent federal bid litigation

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John Rex School to expand into downtown's McAlpine Center

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Rebuilding America: Some pandemic changes at grocery stores seen as permanent

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Rebuilding America: Retailers, big and small, adapting to challenges of pandemic

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Massive mural to help tell OKC's 'beautiful story'

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Analysis: Who is getting the better deal in $35.5 million SandRidge transaction?

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OKC Public Schools Reverts Back to Old Ways?

Friday's OKC Central Live Chat including breaking the story of a significant set-back for reviving the still struggling...

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Development killed by school district halting property sale

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The live chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

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Lincoln Plaza renewal continues

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SandRidge Energy tower to sell for $35.5 million

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Analysis: Launch of Oklahoma City as 'Modern Frontier' hit hard by pandemic

Armed with new attractions, a new convention center and Omni Hotel, next spring has long been envisioned as a chance to...

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Heartland to add 400 jobs to its downtown workforce

Heartland, already set to fill up its new downtown headquarters with 550 employees, is adding another 400 who will be moving...

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Plans for Bricktown Garage Await Review

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Renovation to uncover 1906 building facade at Investors Capital Building

The Investors Capital Building, one of the city’s oldest commercial structures, is about to be restored to its original...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

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Opponents of cut to affordable housing tax credits warn it will cost the state millions in new housing

A bill awaiting signature by Gov. Kevin Stitt would cut the affordable housing tax credit in half and could kill construction...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Hard hit small businesses start receiving financial help from city

The first grants from the Oklahoma City Small Business Continuity Program are being mailed to shops, salons, restaurants,...

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Construction to start on The Well in Norman

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Coalition seeks to make city test case for virus prevention and treatment

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Homeland cancels plans for new headquarters

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Analysis: Tower Theatre, other businesses face confusion, challenges with SBA loan program

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Costco expects to secure location for new operations center within 'weeks'

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Coalition launches first-of-its-kind initiative

An alliance of nonprofit organizations committed to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic has launched a pilot program in Oklahoma...

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Placemaking 101: Creating Authenticity at Wheeler

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Pandemic not seen as the end of city's aspirations to become a convention destination

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Pet "campus" coming to downtown

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Ted's Café Escondido bringing new fast-casual concept to Uptown

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Recap: OKC Central Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

Join The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer for a chat about development and other issues in Oklahoma City Friday mornings.

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Plans detailed for Villa Teresa hotel

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Costco in talks with city to hire 1,000 for new operations center

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OKC Central: OKC Mayor David Holt answers questions about COVID-19, roads and more

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Full-service Bricktown hotel finally coming into view

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OKC history is filled with transformations emerging from hard times

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A Ken Raymond classic: the hunt for OKC's underground Chinese city

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Wheeler set to see construction of 'shop homes' begin, bringing mixed-use vision to life

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What will OKC look like after the pandemic?

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded reader questions Friday during his weekly OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

This week's live chat kicks off at 9 a.m., but feel free to submit questions now!

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Setting it straight

A story in the business section of the April 19 edition of The Oklahoman about an expected increase in evictions driven by the...

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OKC Central: Small, local retailers regroup as new association changes tactics

Morgan Harris had every reason to celebrate as her shop, Green Bambino, marked its 10th anniversary. Between two events held...

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Flood of evictions expected to hit Oklahoma

Storm brewing Oklahoma City could see thousands lose their homes in coming months due to record unemployment and economic...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer answered questions from readers Friday morning.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma banks disburse billions through Paycheck Protection Program

Oklahoma’s banks disbursed more than $4 billion thus far to small businesses in the state through the Paycheck Protection...

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Economist warns hit from pandemic will rival Great Depression

An economist warned the Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday they are facing a 25% to 40% economic hit by summer that will rival or...

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City council allocates almost $33 million in excess MAPS 3 funds

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday allocated $32.75 million in excess MAPS 3 funds toward a handful of previously planned...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Grocery workers are worried about personal safety

Grocery employees across the country are feeling stressed, overworked and are seeing co-workers get sick and in some cases...

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Opinion: In darkest of times, look for silver linings

Look for the silver linings. At a time when we are inundated with bad news, I’m trying my best to find stories to boost not...

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Outlook 2020: Katy Boren is seeking to craft an innovation district

Katy Boren, 50, president and CEO of Oklahoma City Innovation District, was hired in 2018 to oversee Oklahoma City emerging...

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Outlook 2020: 'Don't wait — this ride is short,' Cynthia Reid says

Cynthia Reid, 53, is a senior vice president of marketing and communications with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. During two...

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Outlook 2020: Allison Barta Bailey is helping bring retail back to downtown

Small, independent retail is helping revive downtown Oklahoma City and, more often than not, Allison Bailey, 35, has played a...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Nation's truck delivery network under strain of increased risk of pandemic

A literal “HELP - MAYDAY - 9-1-1” was issued in a letter to the president by a leading trucking association last week as the...

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Some deals, construction continue during pandemic

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded reader questions Friday during weekly OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve online...

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Outlook 2020: Kindness and simplicity key to success for city sports promoter

Sue Hollenbeck isn’t featured on national airings of American Gladiator competitions filmed in Oklahoma City, nor is she seen...

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Outlook 2020: Preservationist learned from female mentors

Marva Ellard is a developer, a business where women remain scarce in a world still dominated by men. Slowly, but with applauded...

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Outlook 2020: O'Connor working to bring life back to economically distressed areas

As president of The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma, Cathy O’Connor has forged a powerful new tool in promoting...

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Outlook 2020: One-time outsiders transforming downtown

Maureen Heffernan and Jane Jenkins were the outsiders hired to bring their talents and fresh approaches to shake up once...

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OKC Central Live Chat - Recap Recovered!

I'm not sure why yet, but there appears to be a problem pulling up Friday's OKC Central Live Chat transcript. So I spent this...

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A fun distraction - a tour of the future Omni Hotel

Being at home during the COVID-19 outbreak doesn't have to be boring.

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Recap: OKC Central Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer chatted with readers about Oklahoma City issues this morning.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Paycheck Protection loans are coming, but worries persist about available funding

After hitting a bottleneck last week, banks across the state are processing an influx of applications for the Paycheck...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Community will return when crisis fades

It’s overcast outside as I write this and even if it were a beautiful spring day, there’s not much to do in this town — or...

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Outlook 2020: 'Do not let your gender limit your dreams,' Sue Ann Arnall says

When Sue Ann Arnall graduated from law school in 1980, women accounted for just 10% of her class. Forty years later, that is up...

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Outlook 2020: Foundation director crusades for animal welfare, promotion of arts

Louisa McCune, 49, is in the midst of a career reinvention, combining her love of working with magazines with the opportunity...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Hobby Lobby closes stores, furloughs thousands

Hobby Lobby is closing all of its stores and announced Friday it is furloughing most of its retail workers and a “large portion...

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Growing design-build firm restoring former dealership for future home

After spending a year looking for a new home to consolidate his architecture studio and construction shop, Jeremy Gardner found...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Mercy Hospital adds triage area

Mercy Hospital adds triage area Mercy Hospital is opening up a triage area in front of its main Emergency Room entrance to...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Delays and confusion surround Payroll Protection loans

A $350 billion program to preserve businesses and keep workers employed is drawing interest across the country, but bankers...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

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Echo Energy moved downtown at awkward time

Echo Energy’s move to downtown lasted all of two days until the world changed. On March 9, more than 80 employees of Echo...

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Tragic loss of general manager coincides with Skirvin closing

When Gerald Rappaport moved to Oklahoma City five years ago to take over the Skirvin Hilton, it was love at first sight. He...

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"Mullet Building" makeover complete

At some point in time, I don't know when, an architectural crime was committed at NW 9 and Hudson. The original structure, a...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Hotels closing as hospitality industry faces historic hit

Hotels across the city are starting to close their doors as travel has come to a near standstill and shelter-in-place orders...

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OKC Central Chat recap: OKC Mayor David Holt addresses coronavirus-related concerns

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt joined Steve Lackmeyer in this week's OKC Central Live Chat, answering questions related to the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC Mayor Holt to join Friday live chat

With many questions looming about how Oklahoma City proceeds with day-to-day life under the pandemic and what will happen with...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Most Hobby Lobby stores remain open amid pandemic

Many Hobby Lobby stores opened for business as usual Wednesday, with reminders for customers to maintain a 6-foot distance due...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Pandemic inspiring creative approaches to keeping community alive

Almost two weeks have passed since a Thunder home game against the Utah Jazz was halted just before it could start when a...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Survey shows city businesses hit hard by pandemic

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How can the city adapt during the pandemic?

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded reader questions Friday during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tenants, landlords and bankers scrambling to survive pandemic's economic ruin

It’s the storm nobody saw coming until it was on the horizon. For 22 years, Jeremy and Kristy Witzke prided themselves in...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Urban Renewal moving forward with downtown developments during pandemic

The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority is set to move forward with selection of a developer for a residential and retail...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Time to adapt, but please don't create new math

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Chat recap: Page Woodson Phase Three

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Chamber to act as business information clearing house during outbreak

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is stepping up to act as a clearing house for the business community as all segments of the...

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Banks preparing for pandemic impact

The Oklahoman asked the presidents of the two largest downtown Oklahoma City banks to discuss how they are responding to the...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Downtown hotel where Jazz stayed closing for for 'deep cleaning'

The 21c Museum Hotel closed for a “deep clean” following the discovery Wednesday night that one of its guests, Utah Jazz center...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Businesses brace for economic hit

Businesses are doubling up on cleanings, some events are being canceled and concerns are growing about the economic hit to come...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Downtown OKC hotel closing for 'deep cleaning' following Utah Jazz coronavirus discovery

The 21c Museum Hotel is closing for a “deep clean” following the discovery Wednesday night that one of its guests, Utah Jazz...

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Bicyclist opportunities await expansion into OKC urban core

When I was a kid, my first job was at a Braum’s store and on most days I rode my bike to and from work. I simply parked my bike...

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Downtown OKC's lone grocery store set to close

Native Roots Market is closing after an eight-year run. The store is on the ground floor of the Level apartments at 131 NE 2,...

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Sales to start on OKC's Bower, downtown homes for families

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer, Kara Lewallen and Richard McKown

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer and guests addressed Oklahoma City issues Friday morning with readers. Read the transcript.

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Steve Lackmeyer: Downtown OKC has the tourist goods, time to promote as a package

Downtown Oklahoma City is a tourist destination. Naysayers can argue against this all they want, but the numbers don’t lie....

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Republican National Convention asks Oklahoma City to bid on hosting future event

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer and Mike Carrier with Visit OKC

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded reader questions alongside Mike Carrier of the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors...

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Sonic to debut new look at busy OKC intersection

Sonic Drive-ins could start looking a little different than what you grew up with, and Oklahoma City will be one of the first...

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Big plans: Two largest property owners by Scissortail Park team up

The two largest property owners west of Scissortail Park are joining forces as plans progress on acquiring and clearing the...

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Stop imagining that, Oklahoma City now to be branded as "The Modern Frontier"

The Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau is launching its first new branding of the city as “The Modern Frontier” after...

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Mixed-use building is planned for Oklahoma City's Midtown district

The recently completed Monarch building in Midtown, home to Ackerman McQueen and Lingo Construction, will soon be surrounded by...

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OKC central live chat recap: Former Borden plant might be ideal for housing

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded reader questions Friday during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer addressed questions from readers about issues related to development in Oklahoma City.

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'It was his idea': Former city manager restructured MAPS, hired first black police chief

Glenn Deck, a former city manager and finance director for Oklahoma City, died Saturday. He was 67. Deck served for just two...

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Former Bricktown official to lead Chickasha economic development

Jim Cowan, former owner of the Bricktown Brewery and a longtime leader in the entertainment district, is returning to his...

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Study suggests smarter parking needed downtown

To break it down, a six-story, 1,100-space garage owned by the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA) is...

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Landing soon: Food, community to return to former Downtown Airpark Terminal

A step inside the former Downtown Airpark Terminal, now part of the Wheeler neighborhood, is a reflection of the past and a...

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OKC Central live chat: Community leaders recognized at Impact Awards

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

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Demolition permits issued for closed eastside OKC grocery

The former Buy for Less shopping center at NE 23 and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue appears to be targeted for demolition, with...

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Work to resume on The Hill in Deep Deuce

A developer declared in default of his agreement with the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority to create a neighborhood in...

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Two downtown apartment projects to start in 2020

Two large-scale downtown apartment projects are cleared to move forward following approval Monday by the Oklahoma City Urban...

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Eyesore turned into gem wins at Impact Awards

It shouldn’t surprise regular followers of my weekly OKC Central Live Chat that occasionally questions pop up that I...

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Farmers, customers dislocated by OSU-OKC are choosing Farmers Public Market over Scissortail Park

When Brad Williams, president of Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, announced in December his decision to close the...

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OKC Central live chat recap: Construction continues on BancFirst Tower

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

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Colorful first impression will greet new OKC convention center visitors

As president of the city’s convention and visitors bureau, Mike Carrier may be among the most vested in the new convention...

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OKC Central live chat recap: Restaurants added downtown, in Bricktown

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman'sSteve Lackmeyer answered reader questions during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve most Fridays...

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Bookings underway for new convention center and hotel

National and international conferences are booking the new Oklahoma City Convention Center for visits going through 2024 while...

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Trolley car Italian dining to return to Bricktown

Bricktown visitors soon will be able once again to enjoy a plate of spaghetti while dining in an old-fashioned trolley car....

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OKC Central live chat recap: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, even in Oklahoma City

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer addressed questions from readers Friday morning.

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Avana Apartments sale sets record for downtown OKC

A new record sale price has been set for downtown rental properties with the recent purchase of the Avana Arts Apartments....

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OnCue set for site of former Founders Bank in OKC

OnCue is set to build a new station on the block that was once home to the midcentury landmark Founders Bank building. The...

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Downtown to grow out, not up, in next decade

A couple of weeks ago I looked back at the last decade, and it was astounding to put together just a glimpse of all the...

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Northwest hospitality: Two faded Northwest Expressway hotels get a fresh start

Two Northwest Expressway hotels, once top destinations for both visitors and locals, are being brought back to life under new...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

See what Steve Lackmeyer discussed with readers.

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Downtown Oklahoma City hotel opens, finally

After six years of delays prompted by a change in the location of the city's future convention center, the Fairfield Inn and...

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Design committee efforts result in history saved, restored

Looking back, Tim Johnson was right. Appearing before an agitated Downtown Design Review Committee a few years back, Johnson...

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OKC Central live chat recap: Housing, sidewalk construction continues downtown

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now

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Decade marks transformation downtown

The past decade for downtown Oklahoma City has been one of rapid transformation, disruption, loss and triumph. Ten years ago,...

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OKC Central live chat recap: Wheeler set to add school, brewery, more

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

Read the recap of Dec. 27's OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

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Metro Tech moving, expanding downtown campus

Metro Technology Center has moved its downtown campus from BancFirst, which is undergoing a renovation, to Corporate Tower,...

Business

Walcourt renovations include new roof

The historic Walcourt Building just east of downtown has a new roof for the first time in at least a half century as...

Business

Lighthouse fitness complex renovation launched by new owners

The former Oklahoma City Tennis Center facing Lake Hefner, now known as Lighthouse Sports & Fitness Center, is set to...

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Why Oklahoma City as 'The Big Friendly' lacks a friendly embrace

While grabbing a quick breakfast Monday, I had a chance to overhear a familiar comment made by a customer while ordering. She...

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Life returning to OKC's first high rise

Restoration of the Pioneer Building, the city’s first high-rise, is complete, and life is set to return with tenants to include...

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OKC Central blog: Good still overcomes tragedy and fear

A decade has  passed since I first met restaurateur Shaun Fiaconne. He quickly won the trust of the late Paseo visionary John...

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OKC Central live chat recap with Steve Lackmeyer: John Rex, downtown development and more

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

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Plans progressing for Thunder Alley

Revised development plans for a proposed Thunder Alley south of the Chesapeake Energy Arena are being submitted to the Downtown...

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OKC apartments set to join hotel as next addition to Classen Curve

The long envisioned addition of housing into the Classen Curve is set to start in 2020 with construction of a 325-unit,...

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Bricktown developer Doc Blue dead at 88

Bricktown has lost another one of its colorful pioneering developers with the passing of French “Doc Blue” Hickman. Hickman was...

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Dog park and bar planned for Oklahoma River front

Bar K, part dog park, bar, restaurant and event space is set to be the first commercial anchor for the Boathouse District along...

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Lincoln Square developer makes pitch to partner on Jewel Theatre revival with owner

Three groups Monday indicated they are interested in teaming up with the owner of the city’s last surviving black movie theater...

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MAPS 4 to fill gaps along the Oklahoma River

The Oklahoma River, now 20 years into a transformation from being a drainage channel and eyesore, is set to undergo even more...

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First National rebuild begins: Apartments, hotel rooms, restaurants, retail and more are planned for the historic structure

More than two years of demolition at First National Center is wrapping up, and construction is well underway with two completed...

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OKC Central live chat recap: Farmers market leads discussion

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer fields questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat.

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OSU-OKC farmers market to move to Scissortail Park

The Farmers Market at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, a citywide draw for more than 20 years, will merge with...

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OSU-OKC Farmers Market to move to Scissortail Park

The Farmers Market at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, a citywide draw for more than 20 years, will merge with...

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Christmas cross will return at BancFirst Tower after makeover completion

The downtown skyline is missing the nine-story cross that has glowed every Christmas holiday for the past 40 years as a...

Business

Analysis: MAPS 4 win represents shift under new generation

The generation that launched MAPS as a tool to transform Oklahoma City is still very much involved a quarter-century later, but...

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Construction set to start on OKC's Villa Teresa homes, hotel

Site work and utility relocation are almost wrapped up, and construction is set to start soon on the first phase of the $30...

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Concrete pour with 150 trucks closes streets overnight in downtown Oklahoma City

More than 1,500 cubic yards of concrete slurry, delivered by 150 trucks, was poured overnight Friday for the foundation of a...

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OKC mayor promotes MAPS 4 before election day

Mayor David Holt joined The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve most...

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Mayor Holt fields MAPS 4 questions during live chat

Today, Steve was joined by Mayor David Holt as OKC voters prepare to vote on MAPS 4 next week.

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This time we may have a deal. The odd triangular block at NW 4 and E.K. Gaylord has eluded one developer after another over the...

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New housing proposals submitted for NW 4 and Gaylord

Offices are out, and two proposals submitted to the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority on Wednesday all propose housing,...

Business

Dispute settled with sale, development of property fronting new park, new boulevard

A deal has been done between Oklahoma City and a developer whose land was seized for Scissortail Park that will settle years of...

Business

New development continues as last dealership leaves Automobile Alley

For the first time since car sales were introduced in Oklahoma City, Automobile Alley is no longer home to any dealerships. The...

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MAPS 4 proposal includes 500 bus shelters, fleet expansion and rapid transit routes

After years of budget constraints and neglect, Oklahoma City’s public transit system, EMBARK, has undergone a transformation...

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Commercial development is seen as the next logical move for the Oklahoma River

Mike Knopp, director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, is the first to admit that development along the Oklahoma River...

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MAPS 4 discussion set on Tuesday

As Oklahoma City voters prepare to vote on Dec. 10 for the fourth iteration of MAPS, several local experts and Mayor David Holt...

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Civic reinvention is constant with MAPS initiatives

Many civic leaders are quite capable of dreaming up fantastic reinventions of their cities — but Oklahoma City's transformation...

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Holiday Pop-Up Shops return to Midtown

The annual Holiday Pop-Up Shops, a rotating array of independent retailers, is returning to Midtown on Friday for its seventh...

Business

History rescued in Deep Deuce

The historic 1919 home to Oklahoma City Public Schools in Deep Deuce, abandoned for years and once threatened with destruction...

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Will MAPS 4 benefit downtown development? Find out at The Oklahoman's Dec. 3 forum

As Oklahoma City voters prepare to vote on Dec. 10 for the fourth iteration of MAPS, several local experts and Mayor David Holt...

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Downtown OKC legacies cemented by three women

Jill DeLozier, Mallory O’Neill and Staci Sanger may not be well known outside of the business community, but their legacy...

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Expert panel to discuss MAPS 4 projects, downtown

The Oklahoman has assembled an expert panel to discuss downtown development as it relates to proposed MAPS 4 projects. As plans...

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Renovations planned for former Midtown dealership

Renovations are set to move forward that would restore the appearance of the former Walter E. Allen Chrysler Plymouth...

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Window repairs to begin at Devon Tower

Repairs are set to start on windows broken at the Devon Energy Center when gear on a window-washing basket malfunctioned and it...

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OKC Central Live Chat recap: Streetcars waive fares for next 7 weekends

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

You can join Steve most Fridays at 9:30 a.m. to add your questions and comments about ongoing developments in downtown Oklahoma...

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Starbucks proposed for one of last vacant spots along Uptown

A Starbucks is being proposed for an empty corner lot at NW 23 and Robinson Avenue — one of the last undeveloped properties...

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Sickle cell treatment cleared for use derived from OKC researcher's discoveries

A new drug that treats sickle cell disease based on discoveries by Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Rodger McEver...

Business

Who will fill the role left by preservationist?

As I noted last week, the recent passing of Lynne Rostochil creates a big void in the city’s preservation movement at a time...

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Proposed animal shelter envisioned to take city to no-kill status

The Oklahoma City Animal Shelter, built in 1996, is not in the same decrepit condition as the 40-year-old facility it replaced,...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat.

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Six-story mix of apartments, offices and retail planned for prominent Deep Deuce corner

A $22 million, six-story mix of apartments, retail and offices is being proposed for one of the last large development sites...

Business

Mid-century advocate leaves a legacy to remember

It’s cliche, I realize, to start a column reminding readers “life is short.” But last Tuesday I was speaking on behalf of my...

Business

Oklahoma banking remains 'strong' despite challenges

Oklahoma’s banking industry is vastly different from when Roger Beverage took over the Oklahoma Banking Association in 1988,...

Business

Mid-Con Energy jumps 20 spots on Oklahoma Inc.

Mid-Con Energy Partners jumped spots in the 2019 Oklahoma Inc. listing, going from the 29th spot to ninth with a 96.5% change...

Business

Is MAPS 4 the next piece for the downtown OKC puzzle?

The Oklahoman is hosting a public forum on Dec. 3 to discuss how MAPS 4 would fit in with ongoing development in downtown...

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Sprawling OKC laundry with storied past up for sale

A sprawling former laundry with a storied past on the west edge of downtown is up for sale as development continues to pick up...

Business

Demolition begins on house to make room for OnCue

One of two historic homes OnCue hoped to move and save to make way for a new station at NW 13 and Western Avenue is being torn...

Business

Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer answered questions from readers this morning.

Business

Wheeler Mix: offices and retail are next addition to riverside development

A three-story office building with ground floor retail is planned to be the next addition to Wheeler, the master-planned,...

Business

Sons continue evolution of late father's legacy

Before Bricktown was home to restaurants, bars, shops, entertainment, baseball and boat rides, it was one warehouse purchased...

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MAPS 4's innovation district promotes connections

The Oklahoma Health Center is an Oklahoma City economic engine employing 18,000 that has long been overshadowed by the nearby...

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Arvest Bank to join downtown skyline

Arvest Bank is set to become the anchor tenant of the 16-story tower at 201 Robert S. Kerr Ave. that previously was home to...

Business

Lackmeyer chat recap: Development continues around Scissortail Park

Oklahoman Business writer Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat, which is hosted at...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer answered questions this morning during his weekly chat about development and other issues in...

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Deal allows for Brockway Center to be preserved on OKC site

Brockway Center, an eastside black landmark that was within days of being destroyed is now set to stay in place as part of a...

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Urban Farmhouse closing after rescue attempt

Urban Farmhouse Designs, a sprawling operation that included reclamation of vintage wood and materials to make furniture then...

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End of blight in sight at Lincoln Plaza

Lincoln Plaza, once a political power center, then abandoned and devastated by vandals, is set to be redeveloped into...

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OKC Central: MAPS 4, Thunder Alley lead chat topics

Oklahoman Business writer Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat, which is hosted at...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

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Remembering When CVS Almost Opened a Store Downtown

There is no doubt that Century Center Mall is looking better than it did a decade ago, with the anchor tenants including The...

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Boulevard estimated impact falls short, but change is coming

A weekend social media post by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation crediting creation of the Oklahoma City Boulevard with...

Business

Lackmeyer: Comedy club plans, boulevard safety plans lead chat topics

Oklahoman Business writer Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat, which is hosted at...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer answers questions about downtown Oklahoma City. The chat begins at 9:30 a.m.

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Broken history? Developers, architects say changes threaten historic preservation efforts

World War II was brewing and the United States was climbing out of the Great Depression when local grocer Robert Seiber decided...

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Lackmeyer live chat recap: Readers ask about senior living, entertainment

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join the...

Business

Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

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Changes coming to dangerous OKC Boulevard intersection

One-way streets are set to be eliminated from the recently opened intersection of Klein Avenue and the Oklahoma City Boulevard...

Business

Surprise archaeological discoveries unearth forgotten tragedy

This is a tale of a surprise archeological discovery in Bricktown, an investigation conducted via social media and the...

Business

Brewery, live music venue to bring life to downtown industrial zone

A long empty, decades-old former testing laboratory and construction yard west of downtown is about to be redeveloped into a...

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Scissortail Park result of debate and compromise

Had then Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick, the father of MAPS, the visionary for a revival of downtown, gotten his way,...

Business

Drive-through demolition part of plan to restore Gold Dome

A drive-through added to the Gold Dome when it was home to Citizen’s State Bank is being torn down and should be completely...

Business

Oklahoma City Boulevard crossing proving to be dangerous one month after opening

The Oklahoma City Boulevard is without a doubt a work still in progress. A month after opening, crews continue to work on...

Business

Hub Cap Alley pioneers: Storm nudges couple into going ahead with long-delayed project

Damage from an “inland hurricane” earlier this month is prompting owners of the almost century-old former Robinson Trading Post...

Business

Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded reader questions during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat.

Business

Developer proposes hotel, restaurants, micro-brewery and offices for former school

Carpathia, a partnership between Ross Group and Nelson+Stowe of Tulsa was chosen Wednesday by the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal...

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Another historic building awaiting to be uncovered?

Over the past several years we've seen some great old buildings rediscovered when "modern" facades added in the 1950s through...

Business

Developer, agency work on affordable housing

A Wisconsin company wrapping up redevelopment of the former Dunbar school east of downtown is preparing to build more...

Business

Updates would keep Chesapeake Arena current

Tom Anderson, Oklahoma City’s special projects manager, and Chris Semrau, manager for SMG, operator of Chesapeake Energy Arena,...

Business

Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer and guests Tom Anderson and Chris Semrau

Today's live chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

Business

Hotel tribute to Ralph Ellison to be built at Classen Curve

A 120-room hotel named in honor of Oklahoma City literary icon Ralph Ellison is set to be built at Classen Curve with designs...

Business

Landmark Bricktown flag flies one last time

Almost 30 years after the stars and stripes first went up in the heart of Bricktown, the American flag was taken down for one...

Business

'Dustbury' blogging pioneer Charles Hill completes final tour

Prepare to read the sort of column that absolutely would not have any approval from Charles Hill. The beloved, quirky and...

Business

Oklahoma City's success with opportunity zone incentives attracts city leaders from across country

A new alliance of city officials from across the country hailed Oklahoma City as a model for community development and...

Business

MAPS 4 would fund Innovation District improvements

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer was joined by Innovation District director Katy Boren during OKC Central Live Chat in fielding...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

Steve's guest today was Katy Boren, who leads the Innovation District program in the area historically known as the Oklahoma...

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OKC Central Live Chat Guest - Katy Boren Discusses MAPS 4 Innovation District Proposal

My guest for OKC Central Live Chat today is Katy Boren, who leads the Innovation District program in the area historically...

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Colorful New Entry into Deep Deuce

Downtown Initiatives, the non-profit funded with proceeds from the annual Dean A. McGee Awards run by Downtown Oklahoma City...

Business

NRA files new suit over Ackerman McQueen website

The bitter divorce between Oklahoma City’s largest and oldest advertising agency, Ackerman McQueen, and the National Rifle...

Business

'Power of we' part of Palomar vision with MAPS 4

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers Friday during his weekly OKC Central Live Chat. Steve was joined...

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Work starts on Bricktown's first full-service hotel

Site clearance started Tuesday for a long-planned, 10-story Renaissance Hotel along the gateway into Bricktown. The 182-room...

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Homeland plans new store in northeast OKC

Northeast Oklahoma City, currently without any grocery stores, could end up with two with plans underway for a new Homeland at...

Business

OKC developers swear off historic tax credit review with latest acquisition

Officials from the Pivot Project, developers with a track record of doing historic rehabilitations of older buildings, say...

Business

Longtime challenges, dreams, adddressed with OKC’s MAPS 4

Sixteen projects, 75% aimed at addressing stubborn social issues for our community, others consisting of arena and stadium...

Business

Amazon declined request to support bus service to 1,500-employee fulfillment center

Amazon, a company valued last month at $1 trillion and led by the richest man in modern history, recently declined a request by...

Business

Lease signed for possible northeast OKC grocery

A lease has been signed to fill a vacant grocery store and bring a grocer back to the northeast quadrant of Oklahoma City. But...

Business

OKC Central Live Chat: MAPS 4 to include bus rapid transit, 500 new shelters, additional bus fleet

Steve Lackmeyer was joined by Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon and EMBARK Director Jason Ferbrache on OKC Central Live Chat on Friday...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer and special guests

The chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions and comments now!

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Moving forward: Community, neighborhood the goal of Page Woodson developer

Redevelopment of the former Page Woodson campus and surrounding property just east of downtown is set to enter into a third...

Business

Plans advance for eight-story mixed-use tower next to new convention center, Omni hotel

The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority on Wednesday approved a redevelopment agreement to sell the corner of E.K. Gaylord...

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Drivers face confusion as boulevard opens without signage, traffic lights

Travelers hitting the new Oklahoma City Boulevard on Tuesday encountered a new major corridor with no working traffic lights...

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Coop Ale Files Building Permit for Armory

Records indicate the property sale has yet to close, but plans are clearly moving forward for conversion of the landmark 23rd...

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Watch: Take a drive down the newly-opened OKC Boulevard

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took a drive down the new road to see how it feels.

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Northpark Mall owners hope to revive, upgrade closed theater

The Northpark Cinema, Oklahoma City’s oldest continuously operating movie theater, closed Saturday but could reopen as part a...

Business

Oklahoma City Boulevard's opening Monday follows years of debate, changing expectations

Oklahoma City Boulevard will open for traffic Monday afternoon, capping off 20 years of political conflict and debate on how...

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Northpark theater, oldest in OKC, closes

Oklahoma City’s oldest continuously operating movie theater is dark this weekend with emails sent out by AMC Theaters notifying...

Business

U-shaped mixed-use development planned in Oklahoma City's Automobile Alley

A mixed-use development consisting of housing, offices and retail is being planned at NW 13 and Broadway on a U-shaped property...

Business

Sidewalks and bike lanes lead MAPS 4 discussion

Ward 2 Councilman James Cooper and Assistant City Manager Aubrey McDermid joined Steve Lackmeyer during Friday's OKC Central...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer and special guests

Ward 2 Councilman James Cooper and Assistant City Manager Aubrey McDermid joined Steve Lackmeyer during Friday's OKC Central...

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Congress of leading urban design thought leaders set to bring 1,600 to OKC

The Congress for New Urbanism, an international organization dedicated to urban placemaking, is set to host its 2021 annual...

Business

Mixed-use development rezoning approved over Penn Square Mall objections

Developers wanting to build a 20-acre, mixed-use development at Northwest Expressway and Pennsylvania Avenue won unanimous city...

Business

Tulsa distillery, cidery to open OKC location

The state’s first cidery distiller is set to expand from its home in Tulsa to the west end of downtown Oklahoma City just two...

Business

Farmers Market area an option for proposed MAPS 4 soccer stadium

During Monday’s bonus OKC Central Live Chat, business writer Steve Lackmeyer was joined by Bob Funk Jr., co-owner of the OKC...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer with guest Bob Funk, Jr.

Read a transcript of Steve Lackmeyer's OKC Central chat from this morning.

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Bob Funk Jr. joins OKC Central Live Chat to Discuss MAPS 4 Stadium Proposal

Bob Funk Jr., co-owner of the OKC Energy FC, will be joining me on today's OKC Central Live Chat as we take questions and...

Business

Junkyard along Oklahoma River is offered for sale; to move to new location

The last junkyard fronting the Oklahoma River is up for sale, opening a chance of converting an unsightly operation visible...

Business

Colosseum proposed to replace Norick Arena at Oklahoma's State Fair Park

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat. This week, Steve was joined...

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OKC cinema pub to close after six-month run; talks underway to reopen with brewery

Banquet Cinema, which introduced the mix of dining and a bar with a two-screen theater to downtown, is showing its last film on...

Business

Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

Join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

Business

Sale of OKC's First Christian falls through

Crossings Community Church is pulling out of buying the landmark First Christian Church at NW 36 and Walker Avenue citing costs...

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Owners of eastside grocery blame closing on building's condition

Susan Binkowski, who oversees real estate for her husband’s Buy For Less chain, has started to defend their actions on social...

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Eastside opportunity: Sudden closing of grocery could lead to other changes

For now, there is no way to portray the closing of the last full grocery in northeast Oklahoma City as anything but devastating...

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Florida man's 'ride to nowhere' in Oklahoma City changes hands

Just weeks after the 20th anniversary celebrations for the Bricktown Canal, ownership of its water taxis has passed to Chad...

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First look at Commonplace Midtown Market

In February I was treated to an early glimpse of what Ben Nockles and his merry band were planning next after successfully...

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BancFirst Tower Update

Work has been well underway to improve years of neglect at the former Cotter Ranch Tower following its purchase last year by...

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Northeast OKC to lose only full grocery

The last grocery store in northeast Oklahoma City will close on Monday, leaving residents with few nearby options for fresh...

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Plan looks to Innovation District as economic engine for OKC's future

With a “transition” underway in older industries including energy, a consortium of public and private leaders in the city’s...

Business

Gupta's vision should not be forgotten with sale of apartments

Five years after making his entrance into downtown housing, Rohan Gupta has sold his one property, The Haven, to Tradewind...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer and guest Leonard Benton

The chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

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OKC Central Live Chat guest - Leonard Benton Discusses Freedom Center

My guest on this week’s OKC Central Live Chat is Leonard Benton, retired head of Urban League OKC, respected civic leader and...

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OKC bank ex-CEO accused of fraud

After making a splash opening a branch of his family’s rural bank in Midtown, records show Aaron Johnson stepped down as CEO of...

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A real downtown: Today's urban center far outshines OKC's so-called 'golden era'

“Remember when we had a real downtown…” Some of my favorite websites are those where people share photos and stories of...

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Downtown Round-Up: OKC stories you might have missed

Sometimes folks don’t quite grasp how many downtown stories are being shared in The Oklahoman on any given day. Some stories...

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Sunday Flashback: Sycamore Square

As much as I’ve delved into the history of downtown, I’m still surprised by what I stumble upon while browsing through various...

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Proposed MAPS 4 project seeks to replace aging animal shelter

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer was joined Friday by Louisa McCune, education director of PAWS for MAPS 4, and Jon Gary,...

Business

Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

Today, Steve was joined by Louisa McCune, executive director of the Kirkpatrick Foundation, and Jon Gary, superintendent of...

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Troubled northwest Oklahoma City hotel now is in foreclosure

Less than two years after being temporarily shut down over delinquent sales taxes, the Wyndham Hotel in northwest Oklahoma City...

Business

Angus McQueen dead at age 74

Angus McQueen, longtime CEO of Ackerman McQueen, the city’s largest and oldest advertising agency, died Tuesday after battling...

Business

Angus McQueen, CEO of OKC's largest, oldest ad agency, dies

Angus McQueen, longtime CEO of the city’s largest and oldest advertising agency, has died after an extended illness.

Business

Mixed-use development set for presentation to OKC council

A marketing campaign and a new name is being launched for a mixed-use development being pitched for the corner of Northwest...

Business

MAPS 4 process offers transparency, connections

The time invested isn’t cheap. The first two sessions lasted for several hours each, and the next two likely won’t end any...

Business

Hobby's Hoagies founder dead at 78

George Hobson, a Delaware transplant who founded Hobby’s Hoagies after finding no genuine steak sandwich shops in Oklahoma...

Business

Love's expansion in The Village to include former Hertz reservations center

When Hertz first decided to build a new worldwide reservations center near the corner of Hefner Road and Pennsylvania Avenue in...

Business

Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat.

Business

113-year-old Bricktown warehouse cleared for demolition

Two 113-year-old brick warehouses in Bricktown are set to be torn down after the Bricktown Urban Design Committee concluded...

Business

Enable Midstream completes move

An estimated 500 employees are completing their move into BOK Park Plaza Tower this week, filling up five floors of the new...

Business

Affordable housing difficult to support downtown

Is there any possibility that there will be any affordable residential units in the First National building when it is...

Business

Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

Join The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer this morning for the OKC Central Chat. The event starts at 9:30 p.m., but feel free to...

Business

Ackerman McQueen accuses NRA of threatening employees

Ackerman McQueen, Oklahoma City’s largest and oldest advertising agency, alleged Wednesday its former client, the National...

Business

Remembering Bricktown visionary at district's 40th anniversary

The 20th anniversary of the Bricktown Canal on Saturday was a worthy moment to celebrate, and thousands came out for the...

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Hotel, housing, retail and dining are among proposals for former OKC schools headquarters

Three groups are competing to redevelop the former Oklahoma City Public Schools Administration campus, which consists of...

Business

Ackerman McQueen challenges claims as NRA cuts ties, ends NRATV

The NRA is cutting ties with its longtime advertising agency Ackerman McQueen and also is ending operations at NRATV. The...

Business

Kings of Leon Lane pitched for Bricktown

A one-block stretch of California Avenue east of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is being pitched for a renaming as Kings of...

Business

Urban Renewal shifts role in fight over historic black landmarks

Over the span of a dozen years, the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority wiped out hundreds of homes in the name of progress....

Business

Change is constant along Bricktown Canal

A photo displayed in the offices of Bricktown Water Taxi shows a Bricktown Canal surrounded by nothing but dirt. As general...

Business

Building a canal that could hold water

The 20th anniversary of the Bricktown Canal is being celebrated next week as one of the most popular of the original MAPS...

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Mayor discusses transit, MAPS 4 during OKC Central live chat

Mayor David Holt joined Steve Lackmeyer for OKC Live Chat on Friday. What follows is an abridged transcript of the conversation...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer and OKC Mayor David Holt

Friday's chat included special guest OKC Mayor David Holt!

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Kings of Leon Lane coming to Bricktown

A one block stretch of California Avenue east of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is being pitched for a renaming as Kings of...

Business

Urban Renewal seeks to buy, save Brockway Center

Urban Renewal commissioners on Wednesday approved a resolution to purchase the Brockway Center, an African American landmark by...

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Relief is coming for Vanessa House Brewing

Vanessa House Brewing opened a few months ago along NW 8 between Broadway and Robinson and at the time the location seemed like...

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Steve Lackmeyer: Loss of faith

Tough times continue for advocates of mid-century architecture. Time and time again, they've seen one landmark after another...

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Development do-over: Proposals being dropped by the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority

Proposals for redevelopment of property at NW 4 and E.K. Gaylord are being dropped by the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority...

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Old OKC jail debate may hinge on proposed restoration

Not every old building is historic. Not every historic building can be saved. Such harsh truths rarely find unanimous...

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Love family donates $2M to Scissortail Park Foundation

The Love family is expanding its involvement downtown with a $2 million gift to support stage productions and maintenance at...

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Artists Get Their Chance to Turn Eyesore into a Canvas

Before Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership was launched, before the creation of a downtown business improvement district, a...

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DAMAGE CONTROL: Redemption, second chance sought amidst devastation at Mutts

After three weeks of debris clean-up, the building that once was home to Mutts still retains the mid-century vibe that made it...

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Plans revised for proposed Automobile Alley hotel

Plans are advancing for a Towneplace Suites to be built at NW 6 and Broadway as steel work is set to top out this summer on an...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

You can join Steve's Q&A's Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown...

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Forced Vacation

Over the past week I have received some very nice inquiries about my absence and skipping live chat the past two Fridays. For...

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Bricktown Throwdown continues tradition

Back in my college days, Oklahoma City was a pretty dull place with just a few festivals scattered during the year, most...

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Questions linger over proposed demolition of former city jail

The Oklahoma City Council is being asked to decide whether the old police headquarters and city jail is too historic to tear...

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Together Square opens in downtown Oklahoma City

A tip off between NBA star Blake Griffin and Mayor David Holt on Sunday kicked off the opening of downtown’s newest park,...

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NRATV future in doubt with collapse of Ackerman McQueen relationship with NRA

NRATV, launched in 2016, now faces an uncertain future as its creator, Ackerman McQueen, and its longtime client, the NRA,...

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NRA to end advertisting contract, continue litigation

At a time when the once cozy relationship between Oklahoma City-based Ackerman McQueen and the National Rifle Association has...