May I recommend a set of very stimulating lectures about long term thinking sponsored by the Long Now Foundation. You can download mp3 files of most of the lectures here.
You can start with any lecture, but for city-philes I would suggest Stewart Brand's lecture on Cities and Time. The lecture is 1 hour 17 minutes long, so make sure you have a long enough moment to enjoy it.
Stewart Brand is one of my all time favorite thinkers and was greatly influenced by his book Clock of the Long Now. His discussion in the lecture (and in the book) on the pace of change cycles (pictured above) makes me think that the struggles of my home country is about changing culture and governance (not governments) -an exercise that we have been struggling with over the last 200 years. The paroxysms of the present are symptoms of the change taking place and the deeper layers.