Resilience over the years: Little Italy

Sep 03, 2020 196

BY: Chris Gomez

The community of Little Italy has always been known for its resilience and determination, dating back to nearly 100 years ago when the neighborhood was known as the “Tuna Capital of the World.” At that time, the demand in the U.S. for tuna was at an all-time high and more than 6,000 Italian families immigrated to the neighborhood in hopes to participate in this rising industry, and many did.  

Fishing boats and canneries lined Little Italy’s waterfront. Tuna became San Diego’s third largest industry, behind the Navy and aerospace, as Americans were consuming over one billion pounds of tuna a year. By the mid-1930s, the canneries employed more than 1,000 people.  

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