Hamilton has been a general practice attorney in Charleston since 1985, active on many issues, including public transportation.
“The variety of what I do in family and criminal court has given me a broad view of what is happening in South Carolina. I've represented rich and poor, the guilty and the innocent, men and women in hundreds of different legal contexts.”
Superhero Nickname: Phantom of the Hungryneck
What would your superpower be?
“The ability to temporarily generate focus in a group of contemporary Americans.”
Five-year plan for Charleston in ONE WORD: Adapt
Favorite Charleston area restaurant meal: Chicken Fried Pork Chops at Page’s Okra Grille
Favorite movie: Kinshasa Symphony
Favorite TV show: The Big Bang Theory
Guilty Pleasure: Almonds covered in chocolate and sea salt with a soda water
What do you love about Charleston?
“The Holy City is a diverse, creative, urban community with a rich historic context and the benefits of strong cultural & educational institutions.”
What is your vision for Charleston in 10-20 years?
“That the city will move away from an automobile-centered society to a community, providing mobility for more people as part of a larger process of inclusion and human development, drawing in talent and energy from throughout the world. A city where being young, creative and open-minded is valued and supported. I want to ride buses where people share ideas on their tablets on rides to events where people don't try to be the same.”
What do you do for fun?
“I enjoy sailing and gardening. I grow organic tomatoes to feed the insects that live in our yard.”
What inspires you?
“Meeting people who are happier and freer because of the work the many people in Charleston do, year after year, to keep our city a decent and hopeful place.”
How can others make a difference in the community?
“Show up at a real meeting about something that matters and sign up, once you know what is going on, to help. The ‘internet optional, phone it in and show up if you feel like it’ method doesn't get it done. Let the leadership know you are committed a week before the effort and give them a real phone number. Show up with a pair of gloves and a bottle of water. Stay afterwards to clean up. Take the bus when you can.”
Why take the bus?
“Twenty years of hard work by hundreds of people has gone into building our local public transit system, which goes more places and works better than most people know. You can plan any trip using Google Transit and bus tracker to know when your bus is coming. Park for free near a suburban bus stop and try it for a trip downtown. Ask the driver for help if you need it.
We're either going to be stuck alone in traffic where we are, or we're going to go somewhere together.”
Words by: Claire Gibbons
Photography by: Karson Photography