Olivia Callanan’s family is leaving South Boston after two generations in the neighborhood.
They decided to leave even before three attacks on young women in the neighborhood recently, though that cemented their decision as the right one.
Their reason defies a popular conception of a neighborhood on the rise: a stubborn seedy underside including an epidemic of drug addiction.
“Half of the kids I used to hang out with are in jail,” Callanan said.
In a neighborhood attracting young new residents, with a glittering new waterfront, new restaurants and stores, the seemingly random abduction and murder of 24-year-old Amy Lord is helping expose a another narrative of lingering problems. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.