Yes, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed really really wants to build a Falcons stadium on his preferred south site, even if nobody else does. On Friday he announced triumphantly that Mount Vernon Baptist Church has lowered the requested price for its land from $20.4 million to $15.5 million — which is still $9.3 million more than the state can pay for it under state law, but hey, compromise!
No word from the state Georgia World Congress Center Authority on all of this yet, but apparently city chief operating officer Duriya Farooqui, Gov. Nathan Deal, and GWCCA director Frank Poe are all going on a trade mission to China this week, and Reed is hopeful they’ll be able to work something out during the trip. Or maybe find $9.3 million that someone inadvertantly left in the seatback pocket.