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Strong Union: In its first two years, Union Market has thrived, with monthly sales more than tripling since it opened in 2012. +4

If You Didn’t Already Know: D.C. is a very expensive place to live. A Bureau of Labor Statistics study found that, when taking into account housing and housing-related costs, the D.C. region is a more expensive place to live than New York. -2

Oh Rats!: You’re not hearing things at night. The D.C. area is the third rattiest place in the country. -2

Free Puppies!: The Washington Animal Rescue has a surplus of adorable puppies from shelters in southern states. Adopt them+3

Friday’s Needle rating: 53  Today’s score: +3 Today’s Needle rating: 56