Where Highway 18 gives way to Village Drive marks the entrance to Big Bear’s grandiose commercial core — The Village. It’s where tourists and locals alike flock to eat, shop and stroll within the only downtown-like area Big Bear has to offer.

For now, the Village has a monopoly on the downtown, walkable vibe. But those days may be numbered if the city of Big Bear Lake reconfigures Moonridge Road, handing the suffering corridor a much needed makeover.

At a workshop hosted by the city Aug. 18, a snapshot of Moonridge Road’s future self met public eyes. City employees and consultants presented two similar renderings to a dozen community members, one with more greenery, the other with more parking. Both concepts would reduce parking on the road.

While this project focuses on physical, street-level nuances like roundabouts, greenery and a protected bike lane, the city hopes the work will compound with the planned opening of the new zoo in Spring 2019 to spur a renaissance on Moonridge Road. But that doesn’t mean the city wants to recreate the Village.

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