The Furniture Bank Atlanta - Ashley Furniture Metal Beds
The Furniture Bank Atlanta
- Large movable equipment, such as tables and chairs, used to make a house, office, or other space suitable for living or working
- A person's habitual attitude, outlook, and way of thinking
- Furniture is the mass noun for the movable objects ('mobile' in Latin languages) intended to support various human activities such as seating and sleeping in beds, to hold objects at a convenient height for work using horizontal surfaces above the ground, or to store things.
- Small accessories or fittings for a particular use or piece of equipment
- furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy; "they had too much furniture for the small apartment"; "there was only one piece of furniture in the room"
- Furniture + 2 is the most recent EP released by American post-hardcore band Fugazi. It was recorded in January and February 2001, the same time that the band was recording their last album, The Argument, and released in October 2001 on 7" and on CD.
- The capital of the state of Georgia in the US, in northwest central Georgia; pop. 416,474. It was burned by Union forces under Gen. William T. Sherman in 1864 during the Civil War
- state capital and largest city of Georgia; chief commercial center of the southeastern United States; was plundered and burned by Sherman's army during the American Civil War
- a siege in which Federal troops under Sherman cut off the railroads supplying the city and then burned it; 1864
- Atlanta (, ) is the capital and most populous city in the State of Georgia, USA. Atlanta had an estimated population of about 540,900 people. Its metropolitan area is the ninth largest in the country, inhabited by more than 5.4 million people.
- sloping land (especially the slope beside a body of water); "they pulled the canoe up on the bank"; "he sat on the bank of the river and watched the currents"
- An elevation in the seabed or a riverbed; a mudbank or sandbank
- A slope, mass, or mound of a particular substance
- depository financial institution: a financial institution that accepts deposits and channels the money into lending activities; "he cashed a check at the bank"; "that bank holds the mortgage on my home"
- The land alongside or sloping down to a river or lake
- tip laterally; "the pilot had to bank the aircraft"
The American Dream
for the Color Macro, Micro,Close Up Perspectives group: This is a bronze/green frog taken at the Atlanta botanical garden. I used a Quantary 75-300mm lens. I set it on macro which requires being about 1 meter away from the subject. The f-stop was f6.3, the shutter speed was set for 1/400th of a second and the focal length was about 180mm. I used tonemapping (HDR) to help bring out color. I also used a gradient mask in PS to make the background blurrier and lighter so that it looked like the frog was in a fog. Story Once-upon-a-time in America credit was easy and cheap. People who’d never thought of buying a house were suddenly able. All they had to do was step into the office of a mortgage broker or banker and they could walk away with a loan for a house. It was during those times when a small pond frog decided to become part of the American dream. The frog had talked to a real estate agent who was showing a property near his swamp. “You should buy the house by this swamp.” she said. “You never know when someone could buy this house who doesn’t like frogs. They could clear out this swamp and then you’d be homeless.” “But what can I do?” asked the frog. “It’s very simple.” said the real estate agent, “Just buy a small house, flip it, buy a bigger house, flip that one and keep doing it until you can afford this house.” The frog had no idea how someone could turn a house over onto its side or how that would help him to buy a house. The real estate agent laughed and offered to show the frog how the system worked. “I know just the home for you!” All he had to do was sign a small handful of papers stating that she would represent him in the process of buying the house. The next day she drove the frog to a house in the suburbs. It was a one story, three bedroom house with a one car garage. The lot was small though. The contractor had squeezed all the houses he could possibly fit onto the land. The houses were four feet apart; there were hardly any front lawns and the backyards only slightly bigger. The worst part was that there was no pond. She told the frog not to worry about that because he wouldn’t be living there. He was going to need a renter to pay for the house. The frog didn’t like the house, but he agreed to it. The next thing he knew, the frog was headed to a mortgage broker that the real estate agent had an agreement with. As the frog sat in the mortgage broker’s office, the real estate agent explained to him that he needed a stated income loan. That would allow him to say that he made more than enough money to pay for the house and the bank would make no real effort to see if that was true. All it would cost him was another half a point on his interest rate. Two weeks later the frog found himself sitting in an attorney’s office to sign papers for the closing and the real estate agent made her first commission off the frog. A renter moved into the house and the frog became a landlord. After about four months the real estate agent drove back to the pond where the frog lived and told him it was time to flip the house. She took him to see a nice four bedroom in his price range. He bought it and four months later the real estate agent told him to flip it. This went on for several months until he was ready to buy the house where he actually lived. The frog felt nervous as he got ready to sign the papers to buy his house. By now he owned four houses that were providing enough rent to pay for the house he was living in. He had an introductory interest rate of 3.75% and the bank wasn’t going to check to see if his identification documents were real. Later that night the frog invited all his friends to see the house. He showed them the three car garage, the newly remodeled kitchen with oak cabinets, and the master bedroom with a tub big enough to raise fifty kids in. That night they had champagne and flies in the master bathroom. They danced to Tom Jones CDs that the frog had bought at Wal-Mart. The next day the frog began buying furniture for his house using a home equity loan. By the time he finished furnishing his house, he owed an additional $55,000 dollars. He was perfectly happy with his house until he realized that he had a three car garage with no car in it. He solved the problem by buying a new SUV that took up a space and a half. He spent many hours in the garage looking up at his new purchase. For months he was the man in the pond. He was the one all the other frogs looked up to. He had worked hard, gotten out of the pond and become a successful homeowner. He had made it. He had even gotten engaged to the most beautiful frog in the pond. And then the market began to correct itself. Suddenly his introductory rate shot up to 7.5%, and his two of his renters quit paying their rent after they lost their jobs. The bills piled up and collection agents started calling
Ivan Allen Sr.
Ivan Allen Sr. (1877-1968) In 1900 while still in his mid-twenties, Ivan Allen cofounded the Atlanta office supply firm later known as the Ivan Allen Company. Through the "Forward Atlanta" campaign of the 1920s and many other activities, Allen became the city's quintessential booster. His son, Ivan Allen Jr., carried on this civic tradition as mayor of Atlanta in the 1960s. From Dalton to Atlanta Isaac Anderson Allen was born in Dalton on March 1, 1876, to Susan and Earnest Allen. His mother renamed him Ivan Earnest in honor of his father, a young Confederate veteran who died when Allen was only three. As a teenager, Allen began the study of law, but he soon met an Atlanta man who set him up to sell typewriters. After Allen sold a dozen machines in Dalton, he moved to Atlanta in 1895, the year of the Cotton States and International Exposition. Five years later, the formation of Fielder and Allen marked the beginning of the family business that would continue into the twenty-first century as Ivan Allen Workspace. Originally located at 49 Peachtree Street, Fielder and Allen joined the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce in 1901. The firm sold office supplies and furniture in addition to typewriters. In 1920 the business relocated to the corner of Marietta and Forsyth streets, where it would remain for twenty-one years. Allen married seventeen-year-old Irene Beaumont in 1907. Their only child, Ivan Junior, was born in 1911. Atlanta's Leading Booster By 1913, when Allen became president of the new Atlanta Convention Bureau and a founding member of the Atlanta Rotary Club, Fielder and Allen was already claiming to be the largest office supply house in the South. A loyal Presbyterian, Allen supported the Boy Scouts and was a member of the Masons, Shriners, and Elks. He also helped raise funds to fight tuberculosis and start an art museum. The press mentioned his name as a candidate for mayor, but he declined to run for the office. Allen's presidency of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce was marked by the great fire of 1917. The fire destroyed fifty square blocks of the city, from Auburn Avenue to Ponce de Leon Avenue, and left more than 10,000 residents homeless. Only one person died in the fire. In addition to leading business recovery from the fire, Allen promoted World War I bond drives. Following World War I (1917-18), Allen won a seat in the Georgia senate representing Cobb, Clayton, and Fulton counties, and served one term. In 1919 Allen and his longtime employee Charles Marshall bought out his partner James Fielder and formed the Ivan Allen-Marshall Company. Three years later Allen became a director of Trust Company of Georgia, Coca-Cola's bank. By 1925 Allen's company, which had about fifty employees, could celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary as one of Atlanta's best-known businesses. Governor Lamartine G. Hardman chose Allen in 1926 to lead the Commission on Simplification and Coordination, which would shape later state government reorganization. The following year the Allens moved into a new home on Peachtree Road and were listed in the prestigious Social Cities Register. At this time Allen purchased the crest of Fort Mountain near Dalton. The property contained ancient fortifications of unknown origin. Allen considered developing a resort but instead donated the site to the state, which, with the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps, developed a state park (Fort Mountain State Park). The chamber of commerce tapped Allen to head the "Forward Atlanta" booster campaign from 1926 to 1929. This venture, designed to solidify Atlanta's emerging position as the leading city of the South, placed advertisements in business publications across the country and touted Atlanta as the ideal location for new factories and for southern branch offices. Allen wrote the campaign's central document, Atlanta from the Ashes (1928). Twenty years later he wrote another booster booklet called The Atlanta Spirit: Altitude + Attitude (1948). During the Great Depression, Allen turned even more of his attention to politics. He greatly admired U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt, whom he met on several occasions at Warm Springs. Allen was the treasurer of the Georgia Democratic Party in 1936, and he served as state chair for the president's campaign four years later. Roosevelt appointed him to the board of the regional Federal Home Loan Bank. Allen brought his son into the firm upon his graduation from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1933. The family's fortune received a long-term boost in 1935, when Ernest Woodruff helped arrange for the cash-strapped Allen to purchase $25,000 of Coca-Cola stock. The following year Ivan Allen Jr. married Louise Richardson, granddaughter of the influential Atlanta businessman Hugh T. Inman, further entrenching the Allens among the city's elite. During World War II (1941-45), Allen served the Roosevelt administration as sugar-rationing administrator and hel