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A neighborhood in flux : Historically stable South Shore struggling amid crime, economic erosion

For Jennifer and Jason Parks, the serene block of tidy bungalows and three-flats in the heart of South Shore was the perfect place to buy their first house in 2013.

Jennifer Parks, a nurse and homemaker, taught their daughters how to ride bikes in a park down the street. She was delighted when a friendly neighbor shared vegetables from her garden. And she and her husband, an investment banker, took pride in knowing that former first lady Michelle Obama grew up on the very same block.

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