Two five-story residential buildings collapsed in East Harlem in New York City on Wednesday. A gas leak is suspected to have sparked an explosion that led to the collapse, which killed seven people and injured 70, according to these reports. The incident "comes just a day after the Center for an Urban Future released a report noting the dire need for mass infrastructural improvements to our city's gas lines, water pipes, roads and rails. Today's events demonstrate how real that need is," said Ydanis Rodriguez, a city councilman. The city needs to spend around $47 billion to replace or maintain most of its infrastructure, according to the Center for an Urban Future's report.
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