I've recently become fascinated by cities. Why we come to them; what makes us stay; what it's like once we're here; what makes us throw in the towel, or makes us stay; why they're so central and vital to so many things (e.g. commerce, art, innovation). I studied economic history in college and understandably cities played a pretty big role straight through—but for whatever reason I'm intellectually interested now in a way I wasn't before.
I've started in with some Steven Berlin Johnson, Jane Jacobs and William H. Whyte, watched Urbanized, and just finished a few Adam Gopniks, but I know I'm still at the beginning.
I'd love to hear your suggestions for books, essays, people, art, etc.