I hate Five Points, although I no longer live in Wilton Manors. It’s one of the most annoying intersections, whether or not it’s really dangerous. On each street, you need to be in the proper lane to either continue straight or turn left or right, so people either scramble at the last minute to get in the correct lane, or turn from the wrong lane.
WILTON MANORS — The five-way intersection at the heart of this city is a tangle or a trademark, depending on whom you ask.
Some drivers say Five Points, where Dixie Highway, Wilton Drive and Northeast 26th Street meet, is a breeding ground for sideswipes and fender-benders. The Florida Department of Transportation calls it a troublesome traffic spot that needs fixing.
But one proposed solution — turning Five Points into a traditional, four-legged intersection — has some residents fuming. Wilton Manors wouldn’t be the same, they argue, if Five Points were reduced to four.
“The city begins at Five Points; that’s our signature,” said Diane Cline, president of the Wilton Manors Historical Society. “It’s the gateway to our city.”
The unusual intersection and nearby properties are considered the middle of everything the city has to offer — restaurants, cleaners, groceries, a drugstore and even libations. Also in the works a few dozen yards east of the intersection is Wilton Station, a residential and commercial development to break ground next year with designs for its own restaurants, shops, offices and residential lofts costing upward of $400,000.