I definitely don't want Danforth lined with towers, but I think the Ontario Line station here is a key factor and a node developing around Pape makes sense. A major subway interchange should become more high density and likely would inevitably in time anyway. Trying to hold it back is just fighting the tide and is holding back density from major transit infrastructure in a counterproductive way I think.I'll probably get blasted for suggesting lower density, but I'm not sure I like the idea of the Danforth lined with towers. It seems better suited to the midrise density of Toronto's "avenues" approach. It's ripe for renewal though, with the exception of a few higher quality heritage buildings, it's actually one of the uglier main drags in the city. Lots of non-descript buildings and far too much EIFS.
I see it similar to the tower cluster that exists/will develop further at Dundas & Bloor, but having two subway lines underneath is even more of a node in some ways. Similarly I support the tower nodes at Bloor/Bathurst and Bloor/Dufferin — we need that intensification and it's way overdue — but if we lose fine-grain small-business friendly Bloordale/Bloorcourt, etc. and all along Bloor Street through copy-paste tower proposals with Shoppers Drug Marts, banks, and such, that would be a real loss.
I think what's important is that City/community efforts recognize this reality and then focus on creating a proactive plan to intensify but not over-intensify the areas between these nodes and not just get caught up in fighting it. And in particular account for preserving fine-grain streetscape and small businesses along this stretch (and also along Bloor in the west). Density at Pape and Danforth makes sense, but if we lose the vibrancy of fine-grained Danforth or Bloor streetscapes because everything ends up opposed by the City and in appeal and then approved anyway in a way that's hostile to the street and the vibrancy of the area then that's not good.