The Benefits of Big Ideas
Improve the quality-of-life in Mariners’ Mile to the level of expectation found
throughout Newport Beach. This enhancement is intended to foster civic pride
and a special lifestyle experience for the citizens of Newport Beach first. A unique
stretch of Coast Highway along the bay where Newport Beach can work, play,
Create a village on the inland side from Riverside to the Ardell site; There
are multiple opportunity sites – Ardell, McCune, Fluter, and City parking lot. The
village center is not intended to be a linear ‘Main Street’ area, such as Corona del
Mar’s section of Coast Highway, but a place with a core and defined edges.
Expand direct visual and physical public access to the waterfront to enhance
the Mariners’ Mile identity; Improve connections both through Mariners’ Mile and
to Mariners’ Mile from Lido Village and residential areas;
The intent of these three (3) big ideas is to improve traffic flow and walkability
without widening Coast Highway. Because this is neither Corona del Mar nor the
2-mile Newport Center stretch between Mariners’ Mile and Corona del Mar – it is
a third condition.
Newport Beach can improve traffic flow along Mariners’ Mile and create a
walkable, urban village without expanding the highway or removing on-street
Improve the Highway – By reconfiguring Coast Highway by adding well-designed,
customized traffic calming features with 2 lanes of travel in each direction,
we reduce traffic and parking conflicts, improve traffic flow and capacity, and
improve the pedestrian and bicycle experience.
Create a Village – By adjusting parking, land uses, and urban form, we can create
a pedestrian-scaled urban village with its own maritime identity that includes
maritime businesses, retail, restaurants, housing, offices, and sufficient parking.
The village concept celebrates the maritime heritage of Mariners’ Mile and the
waterfront location with gateway features, identifying signage, 4 new points of
public access to the water and a boardwalk along the water’s edge connecting to