Ross Avenue and North Saint Paul Street was ground zero for a mega traffic jam just before 11 a.m. on Friday, March 2. The DART Pearl Street Station was getting back online after an incident earlier in the morning. North Ervay Street and San Jacinto were downsized to stop-and-go docey do due to an electrical short that had the stop lights stymied.
And then there was the construction on Ross between Cathedral Guadalupe and North Harwood and a dump truck unloading soil at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Ross delivery drive.
In years past, the annual soup du jour fundraiser had been held at the Meyerson and had managed to work out the parking logistics surrounding the hall. But with new leadership, change had taken place with the event moving just a couple of blocks away to the FIG.
As pedestrians seemed to speed by non-moving luxury SUVs and Ubers waiting and waiting to get to the stacked-up valet station, the early bird VIPs lined up at 10:30 a.m. beyond the entry walk onto the sidewalk. Surprisingly, hardly any of the bike-for-rents were seen speeding their way to the bowl-athon.
But diehard Food Bank supporters weren’t going to let a little thing like waiting in line get in the way of supping soup and raising funds to feed those in need. Luckily, they brought along their patience and understanding. Besides, it was a beautiful day. What if it had been raining or a major event had been taking place at The Fairmont?