Rip Rapson knows a few things about government, urban policy, politics and philanthropy.
Rapson has strong ties to Minnesota. He’s known locally for his work as Deputy Mayor of Minneapolis in the 1970’s and 80’s under Don Fraser.
He’s also the son of renowned architect, Ralph Rapson, who designed several important buildings in Minnesota and was head of the University of Minnesota School of Architecture for 30 years.
For the last 7 years he has been based in the Detroit metro area as the president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation.
On a Twin Cities visit, Rip Rapson stopped by the KFAI studios to speak with Journalist and Producer Marisa Helms about his wide-ranging career. Those conversations were featured in four installments on KFAI's Morning Blend. You can hear all four of those segments here, covering topics that ranged from philanthropy to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, the Neighborhood Revitalization Program in Minneapolis, the legacy of Rapson's famous father, and the current troubled predicament of the bankrupt city of Detroit.