Finally, though, I broke down to make it happen. I purchased the basket (only like $20) with the intention of moving it over to the Xtracycle if I couldn't stand the aesthetics of it. But I was confident in the purchase. The LHT has a classic look that I thought would work with the basket.
The result? I love it.
I keep a velcro strap and a bungee with me at all times now. And I tend to use them a lot. But it's never too complicated and it's always a foolproof solution. Nothing's popped out on me thus far.
In the long term, the aesthetics no longer bother me. I love the look of it. For anyone new to bike commuting, the basket would be PERFECT. You don't need to buy a rear rack and panniers for bundles of cash. This would be a simple solution for cheap. It's more versatile the more expensive options, too. Look at what Wald has to offer then see if your bike shop carries them. You won't regret it.
Get out there.