In this chapter, I investigate the troubled relationship between the green ideology of the contemporary urban discourse and the car-based ideology of modernist urbanism.1 In spite of its powerful body of well-crafted arguments, the green agenda fails to deal with certain aspects of the contemporary urban landscape: the unruly, disturbing and dangerous places in a city, such as driving spaces. The ongoing celebration of the green, I argue, disqualifies these spaces from being included in thoughts and theories on the urban. The chapter seeks to highlight how a set of interesting car-based planning principles from the past have been hidden from view by a one-dimensional focus on sustainability and similar contemporary manifestations of green urbanism.