Led by artist Portia Cobb & environmental engineer Tory Kress, this walk will envision the future of the 30th Street Industrial Corridor.
Reclamation & Restoration in the 30th Street Industrial Corridor, led by artist Portia Cobb & environmental engineer Tory Kress will envision the future of Milwaukee’s 30th Street Corridor. Formerly the industrial powerhouse of City, the Corridor was home to tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs, many of which have since left, leaving economic hardship and vacant land in this area. The start and end point of the walk will be Green Tech Station (4101 N. 31st Street), a parcel undergoing significant transformation into a green infrastructure demonstration and showcase site.
Portia Cobb is an interdisciplinary artist deeply interested in themes of home & place, rooted identity, flight, flux, forced movement and forgetting, reclamation and restoration. These themes are prominent contemplations originating as short video, photographic essay, temporal site-specific installation and performance inviting collaborative and when possible, audience participation. During a recent multi-year artist residency at Lynden Sculpture Garden, she created a temporal site-specific ephemeral sustenance garden-as an homage to her great aunt Lizzy, born in Coastal South Carolina, 22 years following the end of slavery. Portia is a professor in the department of Film, Video, Animation & New Genres at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has been an active member of Alice’s Garden for 9 years, where a new bioswale and cistern were recently installed.
Tory Kress, P.E., AICP, has been with the City of Milwaukee since 2006, working on a range of sustainable redevelopment projects that include brownfield assessment and cleanup, stormwater best management practices, urban agriculture, and bike/pedestrian advocacy. Much of Tory’s work focuses on revitalization efforts in Milwaukee’s 30th Street Industrial Corridor. Prior to joining RACM, Tory worked for 5 ½ years with a consulting firm and specialized in environmental engineering and transportation planning.