Toronto gets its first scramble intersection today as Yonge and Dundas is now scrambled. That means vehicle traffic stops with red lights in all four directions, followed by a pedestrian free-for-all, where people cross the intersection in any direction they choose: left, right, diagonally.
It's worked elsewhere and I think it's a good idea for intersections like Yonge and Dundas. It's worth a shot. Drivers will have to be a little patient, but this has got to be safer for pedestrians than it is today.