Bradley Hooper had low expectations and a budget to match when he started looking for a warm-weather getaway in the Finger Lakes region.

“Basically, I was looking for a dump that needed to be cleaned up,” Hopper, 37, said.

The real estate agents showed him that the dumpsters were intact, then suggested that he demolish one and build something new in its place.

But Hooper, who teaches elementary reading at East High School in the Rochester City School District, is a conservationist. As a middle-income person, “I couldn’t afford anything in the Finger Lakes, or the official Finger Lakes” — not even a landfill.

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