Imagine driving down MacArthur Boulevard toward Coast Highway and seeing a quaint row of outdoor cafes with fountains and landscaping — and not a snarl of traffic as three lanes squeeze to two on the way into town.
"This would be a beautiful entrance," said Bernie Svalstad, chairman of the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District advisory board. "This is one of the main entrances to Newport Beach as well as to Corona del Mar. This could have a big impact."
Plans for "Restaurant Row" have been under consideration for years as part of the BID's ongoing beautification and vision plan for Corona del Mar, which dates back to 1999 and was revised in 2004. Part of the process included the relinquishment of Coast Highway from CalTrans to the city of Newport Beach in 2004, which allowed local officials to make improvements to medians along with other changes, like pedestrian crosswalks.