The Pastel Neighbourhood

The Pastel Neighbourhood is an empty suburbia inspired heavily by 50's-style American architecture and design. The neighbourhood is what some have described as "surreal" or "uncanny,"  bearing an unnatural perfection and apparent hollowness.

The sun is stuck in an overhead position, dotting the calming blue gradient of the sky; there is not a cloud to be seen in any given direction. A cool breeze blows through the town, swaying the trees and accentuating the lukewarm temperatures that surround it.

Tall streetlamps line the quiet blocks; their purpose is never truly realized as the sun never sets. The asphalt roads and accompanying sidewalks are without defect, bearing a shared monotone grey. The various shrubbery and trees appear healthy, showcasing a vibrant green hue, which is also shared by the lawns of the various homes distributed amongst the opposite ends of the roads.

The abodes that make up the neighbourhood are "cookie-cutter" both in design and layout, the only differentiation being their pastel colours such as pink, green, yellow, and blue. Some homes have a bird bath on their front lawn or a telephone pedestal, but all share tacky mailboxes donning pastel colours akin to their homes.

The occasional car can be found sitting firmly in their respective driveways in similar colours to the homes, all of various makes ranging from the early 50's to the late 80's. The exterior of the cars has a plastic coating and transparent tints on their windows, whereas the interior of the vehicles is devoid of all necessary parts, including their steering wheels, seats, transmission levers, etc.

Within the homes' interior lies a generic layout comprised of a garage, kitchen, dining room, living room, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms, complete with the usual amenities found in their respective rooms. The floors are made of a mixture of hardwood and ceramic tiling, with the walls and ceiling painted in the various pastel colours seen on the outside.

On rare occasions, the interiors will take on an erratic layout consisting of a random assortment of hallways and rooms described as non-Euclidean. Stairways can be found that shouldn't exist, and when climbed, they lead to the same floor as before. With the various rooms being filled to the brim with various furnishings, mismatched amenities, or simply devoid entirely.

Misplaced windows can be found throughout the various rooms of these irregular bungalows. Upon looking out, the outside world is depicted as a derelict, gloomy neighbourhood that appeared to once house hundreds, thousands, or perhaps even millions of people, a stark contrast to what is typically seen from them.

Mannequins populate the quiet slums, engaging in daily life ranging from playing in the yard, doing electrical work on the streetlights or telephone pedestals, checking the mail, or simply watching TV despite it being off; turning it on shows a grey static. All mannequins disappear without a trace when looking out the non-Euclidean windows, leaving the entire town without its only citizens.

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The Pastel Neighbourhood was written by FerranteFerrante & Cyrix_but_coolerCyrix_but_cooler with critique from AequilibriumAequilibrium, NebulaEclipse_NebulaEclipse_ and CinnalynCinnalyn. The images used inside the article were taken from Edward Scissorhands directed by Tim Burton.

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