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

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Recylce Materials from existing structures

Rather than bulldoze existing structures, seek local residents to assist in deconstruction and salvage of usable materials including, brick, timber, block, glass, rock, sheet metal, fixtures.  Assist local residents in selling of these materials for renovation or new home construction.  There is a growing trend of incorporating old materials into new construction.   Proceeds from the sale of these materials go to local residents who assisted in deconstruction to be used to purchase the land.

I am a fan of recycling but this idea doesn't seem viable.  The buildings have likely been stripped of copper already and anything of value( we are talking about derelict structures with squatters in them).  The manpower required for your suggestion isn't financially feasible in my opinion.