Monday, December 04, 2006

Milo Hastings, housing reformer

In 1920, a book appeared with the title The Joke About Housing. It was a work of housing reform, including some fairly radical elements. Appended to it were a number of appendixes, including "A Solution of the Housing Problem in the United States," a prize-winning essay by Milo Milton Hastings. Hastings was a prolific writer of science fiction, works on poultry farming, nutrition, and urban reform. He was a promoter of Edgar Chambless' linear city, Roadtown.

Hastings and Chambless are important figures from the "grand domestic revolution" of the early 20th century. I've done a little work to update the Milo Hastings page at Wikipedia, where you can find links to a number of his works. I'll try to get more material on Chambless available soon.

2 comments:

Roger said...

For more info on Hastings or Chambless, get in touch....

Karen Black said...

Thank you for your work on the Milo Hastings entry at Wikipedia. We first encountered him through The Dollar Hen, which was one of the inspiring books we read as we went into the chicken biz.