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An Apology




Two days ago I unveiled what I think reflects the future site plan for the Stage Center block. It was included in an overall set of drawings for the area around the future convention center prepared by city consultant Populous. Immediately, I was left to wonder what this document really represented. Was it a suggested land use? Was it to create a use and design guideline for the area? Or did represent what was being planned?

Certainly the drawings for the current Cox Convention Center did not reflect any known reality. Yet I also learned as a I dug into the document that Populous indeed visited with developers who were in various stages of planning for other parts of the area, most notably the folks at Clayco involved with developing the north and very likely the south half of the Stage Center block. I’ve spoken to people who were in the room when these discussions with Populous took place. And indeed, the plan which I am including again up above conceptually represents what Clayco folks, at that moment in time, were hoping to submit in October. Could it change by then? Absolutely. But this is why I’ve presented this rendering as an important guide to what is ahead, and this is exactly what I shared at Confluence on Saturday.


I was wrong in posting this. I talked with two different sources, but there was one source I should have given courtesy to before posting this – and that was Clayco. As journalism splits into so many different mediums, into social media, into blogging, one cannot forget the basics. When I last talked to folks at Clayco, they indicated they would release more information when they were ready to do so. That was a reasonable request for Clayco to make.

The above post was against my usual standards. I should not have posted it without talking to Clayco first. And to Clayco and all involved, I apologize.


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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... Read more ›