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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.
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Title Annotation:FROM THE READERS
Author:Young, Bob
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Nov 8, 2005
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