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Three weeks ago, Columbia Heights residents complained to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) that a drive-up lane had sprouted up on the sidewalk in front of the new Giant Food at Park Road and 14th Street NW. The residents said that the lane, which would allow customers to load groceries, invaded public space and that Tivoli’s developer, Horning Brothers, had failed to get a permit. “It’s not like they didn’t know better,” says resident and local activist Cheryl Cort. “They just didn’t get the permit and decided to do it anyway.” Giant Vice President of Public Affairs Barry Scher says that two weeks ago, a compromise was reached between Horning and DDOT that would reduce the size of the lane and add bollards to direct the cars. But resident David Levy says that “bollards won’t keep kids from running out in front of cars driving on the sidewalks.” Cort planned a picket line for the super-market’s June 22 opening ceremony and says she refuses to patronize the store. “Not until they get the cars off the sidewalk,” she says.