Shively, Kentucky is a suburb of Louisville. Though part of the Louisville Metro Area, Shively was not annexed into the city of Louisville. However, given it's proximity to Louisville and part of Dixie Highway, for many it is considered part of the city of Louisville.
Shively was first settled around 1780 and was used for farmland. It was named for landowner Christian William Shively who settled in the area in 1810. The area would see a large influx of German Catholics before the Civil War and into the 1930s.
After Prohibition ended, eight distilleries opened in the area, the Early Times brand being chief among them. Louisville attempted to annex the city after the Depression, but the city incorporated in 1938. During the 1950s and 1960s, Shively's proximity to Louisville's West End made it a prime location for integrated communities. In the 1950s it was one of the state's fastest growing communities.
During the 1960s several of the distilleries in the area closed down, and the population declined during the 1970s. Shively tried but failed to annex the more suburban Pleasure Ridge Park in 1984. This was also the year that a scandal involving the chief of police, Michael Donio and a prostitution ring earned the area the nickname "Lively Shively".
In recent years the area has worked to improve its image. Several large businesses have been attracted to the area in an attempt to boost the area's economy. Like many areas in the Louisville Metro Area, Shively is one place that is working on becoming revitalized.