But this time, Delage is much more guarded about who he admits. Would I just stand by and let it happen? Suddenly he and Mehring came face to face, staring at each other through the front door window. But he is as furious with Mehring as a gentle giant can be. He was certain that Delage did not pay business income taxes, though he did benefit from government services by hosting Hennepin County health workers once a month to provide free HIV testing. He speaks in rapid stream-of-consciousness, delivering his thoughts with meticulous hyper-rationality. Its departments of health, fire, zoning, and housing each believed, in their own way, that they had a regulatory responsibility to close the Warehouse. It was over winter break in that Mehring found himself spending time at the Aliveness Project, a wellness center in southwest Minneapolis that provides hot meals and a gathering place for the HIV-positive. AIDS is no longer the exclusive gay male disease it was once billed to be, and medications like Truvada liberated gay men to have sex with peace of mind. They died of AIDS. My dilemma was I have this information. He never approached Delage directly, though by and by, he formed his judgement of the man, his politics, and his work. At first people would get it and they would drop in like six weeks. These days, people can live for decades with proper care. Delage raised the stakes, offering the health workers a spacious corner to set up a monthly table strewn with twinkling fairy lights and banners, condoms, and lubes. The city was being the city, cracking down the same way it would on a dance club without a license. Photo by Emily Utne.