We built this city.
Thanks for your New Orleans cover story ["Rebuilding Our City," October 11]. I lived in the city during the wild early '80s and learned more about life from New Orleans than anywhere else. I sat horrified watching the destruction on TV. When I lived there I remember gay and lesbian couples openly buying their first houses outside the quarter, in Marigny, Algiers, Uptown, Midtown. It was a first there, and we were responsible for a resurgence in those neighborhoods. Congress and FEMA won't rebuild the gay community in New Orleans. All of us who now live in different communities--and especially existing gay organizations--all around the country are going to have to help in this rebuilding, or it won't happen.
BOB YOUNG Guerneville, Calif.