Over the years, thanks in part to Steinbeck's book, Cannery Row evolved into a tourist attraction lined with shops, eateries, and galleries. Then, in 1984, the Monterey Bay Aquarium opened, connecting visitors to the life of the bay with exhibits on jellyfish and sea turtles.
While it can seem that the old gritty fishing neighborhood has vanished, traces of it still remain. Walk along Cannery Row, and you'll notice fishermen's shacks across the way from the aquarium. Overhead, crossovers—the bridges used to transport sardines from the canneries to the warehouses—still span the street. And, on one corner, a bronze memorial of Ed Ricketts (inspiration for the novel's Doc) often clutches fresh flowers placed there by a fan.