Down boy! I agree with you, and I don't.
Let's see, Yes, its a shame that so many foreigners are going there and setting up communities and excluding the natives whose land they're in. Just as they would and do have a fit when its done in their home country- its not right.
However, to an extent, they do help Spain and the economy. The solution?! Well, although it may mean that not as many of them come over, I think that the Spanish government needs to step in! No way a Spaniard should be ostracized in their own home!
I think they should prohibit such communities from being so exclusive. If you want to be in Spain, you at least have to try to assimilate somewhat with her- not chop her up into pieces!
So, regulate how many apts, buildings can be made for that purpose, and forbid the sale to be exclusive only for foreigners (the germans for example) That way they have to spread out a bit more and although they can just as easily get together and have neighbors from their home country, they now have to mingle a bit more. Everyone benefits this way. Also, I'm sorry, but we need to take some of the blame (this from Spanish me) if we didn't kill ourselves to bend over backwards to do flips to accomodate the English, germans ie: put everything in English or German for them to understand, well, then they'd HAVE to blend in a little bit more, at least try. I'm NOT saying for us to impose ourselves or culture on them, but when in Rome... we need to make sure they at least TRY. And we try! We meet half way, not let them run us over! Which is exactly what we're doing!
As for your grandmothers view... well Quintos, that's not only to do with the foreigners coming over... Check out La Manga- in murcia, a bit further south on Spain's east coast.. its not overrun by tourists (most of them are at the campo de golf!) but, it is by buildings! Poor planning, no regard for estetics.. just build build build! Its UGLY, like most of the popular beach towns, because the buildings are put up without rhyme or reason, or consideration for other people or buildings that are already there.Environmentally, they haphazard way we're building,.... well don't get me started there! But that's our fault. Again, rules, guidelines and laws need to be made to get the developers to pay more attention instead of building crap any old way they want!
When you come right down to it, sadly, its all about money
and unfortunately, money rules
But even so, some order needs to be made. Also, Spain is a fairly small country, and with all our good weather... it makes it a magnet for everthing! Unfortunately it can't blend or absorb as much foreign influence without loosing some of it identity- and before everyone starte screaming at me... for those who were there in the 80's and before, can see what I'm talking about! The fast food, the dress, even the way people talk, the violence, the vandalism... much more today then back then! Also with the language... incorporating more and more english words etc. The US is a big country, things like that affect us, but not as much, or as quickly as it does in a much smaller space.
Food for thought.
Q- you're young, you see a lot of what's going on. You seem to really care about your roots, be aware of what's going on, and do what you can to change it. Keep things positive. But realize that these things are 2 sided. Keep it in perspective and recoginze our part (the Spanish side of us) in it- its not as simple as pointing a finger at everyone else.