How can you build efficient Urban communities, homes, and businesses?

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Combination of durability and beauty

I don't think this can be underestimated. Urban blight does not have durability or beauty. Of course there are economic catastrophes that can ruin any area, but they generally aren't places that were built to last. There is a real temptation to build things that are affordable and streamlined in the short run, but end up with leaky roofs and ugly aesthetics. They eventually get bulldozed.

Construction methods used for thousands of years (brick and timber framing) would cost more, but could create an economy of local, skilled workers. It would create small timeless houses that would keep their value.