The Food Truck Tactical Urbanism project organized by Colorado Springs Urban Intervention.

(Photo: Courtesy of John Olson/Colorado Springs Urban Intervention)

Tactical urbanism is a grassroots movement that encourages people to make changes to their cities without going through official channels. One example: the “Parking spaces to Parks” day in 2012, when Denverites and people in other cities moved benches and plants into metered spots to advocate for more open space.

But Tactical Urbanism is increasingly being embraced by the same kinds of officials the movement has traditionally tried to work around. The cities of Colorado Springs and Denver have used its tactics to draw more citizens into city planning. It’s a movement finding its way into the mainstream.

Ryan Warner spoke with tactical urbanists John Olson, co-founder of Colorado Springs Urban Intervention, and Chris Gleissner, senior city planner with the City of Denver.